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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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SKY Castle: Who’s your favorite SKY Castle family? (Everybody all together now) the Cha Family! I just love all of them. Including Daddy Cha who falls under the love-to-hate category. But the biggest pull for me is Mommy Cha, who at first looked like the most delicate of all the SKY Castle moms, but turned out to have the most awesome sense of diplomacy. See: ramyun dinners. But picking a favorite family (storywise) is like picking a favorite toe. You can’t. You neeeed them all! Otherwise this show wouldn’t be as awesome as it is. If you give me the next episodes, I’ll gladly watch all of it, no matter which family is onscreen. Just… just please give me more SKY Castle tea.

My Healing Love: I am a weak woman. After seeing Yeon Jung-hoon being soft in these clips, I caved and started another weekend drama. My Healing Love ticks all the weekender boxes: a hardworking lead, a rich lead, annoying in-laws, good-for-nothing spouses, money-stealing siblings, and birth secrets. The question is, is the small amount of Yeon Jung-hoon screentime worth suffering through all of those? No. But if you’re a closet sucker for birth secrets (like me), it’s entertaining enough. At the very least, it’s a good watch while wrapping gifts because I can Pavlov myself into thinking happy holiday thoughts while the mom-in-law shrieks in the background.

Memories of the Alhambra: I’m a bit bummmed that it’s been six episodes and they still won’t give Hee-ju’s character more stuff to do. That being said, they’re doing great showcasing Jin-woo’s growing anxiety and self-doubt. I felt so bad for him when he was hiding in the shower, pretending to be fine because he’s tired of being a burden to someone else. The way he developed new habits (staying in the car, traveling by train) and fell into an addiction to work around his fear is also very real. My heart broke when he was at his wit’s end, literally talking to his own personal demon about how tired he is. I hope he finds a way to put his life back together again. Like I’m hoping they’ll give Hee-ju more stuff to do. Am I the only one secretly hoping she’ll be much better at the game than everyone else? That guitar probably has +100 healing properties and casts a huge sleep aura on enemies, right? Right?!

Happy to Die: I dropped this on the cliffhanger that Joon-ho became a MW Foods Director, assuming it will be annoying boardroom machinations from then on. I’m glad I picked it back up because the following episodes were as heartwarming and hilarious as ever. It reminds me of Chief Kim where the baddies are so cartoonishly evil and the office problems are grounded in personal stories, so you get mad at the evil guys but you also care about the outcome of the current “emergency”.

 

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My Strange Hero: Ahhhh it’s so weird and funny and good! I think Yoo Seung-ho feels the most natural to me here out of all the roles I’ve seen him in, because there’s a dark edge of melodrama to this rom-com that really plays to his penchant for Acting with a Capital A. He’s always excellent, but I sometimes find that he goes to 200% when perhaps only 80 was required. Yet that tendency is perfect for Bok-soo, this arrested-development errand boy who somehow combines a naive, romantic nature with the bitter cynicism of someone who’s learned that the system is always on the side of the powerful. I love the reluctant yet irresistible pull that Soo-jung has on him, and the way they seem to spark whenever they share a scene. I am a bit frustrated with her character at this point, though; I get that she simply testified to what she heard back in the day, but I don’t understand how she can be so ready to expel him again now, knowing how it’s impacted his life, and with the added wisdom and responsibility of her position as his teacher.

Boyfriend: Four episodes in, I’m still dazzled by the beauty that bowled me over in premiere week, but I’m also starting to wonder what this drama is hoping to accomplish. I appreciate that he was willing to sacrifice his anonymity for the sake of her reputation, and I’m not against the heroic gesture in principle, but I’m beginning to feel an uncomfortable accumulation of Manic Pixie Dream Boy vibes from Park Bo-gum’s character. Yes, he is beautiful and lovely and blinds us with his smile, but I’m a bit leery of a plot setup that reverses the genders of the typical Candy-chaebol narrative, only to frame the story so that he still ends up rescuing her—this time from her golden cage, rather than poor obscurity. This may just be my hangover from the bait-and-switch pulled by Secretary Kim talking, though—I’m definitely going to give this one a chance, because everything else about the show is pure dreamy gorgeousness.

Top Star Yoo Baek: This is it. The bundle of fluffy joy and silliness that is everything I need after writing three twenty-page term papers. Kim Ji-suk is so perfectly oblivious and smarmy as the celebrity at loose ends, and Kang-soon is so very unimpressed with his schtick. I am a little wary of what will happen now that he’s whisked her off to his world, but I have faith in her not to be distracted by shiny things. (Speaking of bling, I wish that Oppa had been allowed to propose—as much as I understand his reluctance to change their relationship, he’s clearly too far gone to turn back now.) Mostly, though, I’m here for the moments when Kang-soon unwittingly exposes Top Star Sea Urchin’s soft and squishy insides.

 

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Boyfriend: I’m watching this one because I’m committed to the characters by now, but why does this feel like more of a reversed Lost in Translation “healing” kind of relationship rather than a sweeping/moving/or even just simple noona romance? If that’s what it is going to be, I’m fine with it, but otherwise, where is the chem?

Memories of the Alhambra: I was holding off on starting this one, not because of any reservations whatsoever, but because I knew it was going to take over my brain — and the next several weeks of my life — once I started it. Alas, that is where I find myself. The depth the story has already achieved in just the first six episodes is amazing, not to mention the reveals, reversals, and unravelings… I’ve pretty much devoured every minute. And that scene where Jin-woo is sitting terrified in the shower really killed me. I’m going to go hide in my car now.

 
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Eternal Love 2: Finished
I love it and it is better then season 1. I hope the whole cast be there for season 3.

Sky Castle: will catch up yesterday and today episode.

Children Nobody: I love it. I can see why one parent did what she did. However, It is wrong. Also, wow what ending. Next week, looking forward to see that father be in the chopping block.

Our Glamorous Time: Halfway point and so far It is getting good.

Memories of Alhambra: From what I read in skimping forum, let’s hope HJ do more because from what I read PSH study the game. I hope that means she will do something or anything in the game. As a gamer, it was interesting until today episode. I will tell more in recap.

Have a great week end.

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Thanks for The Eternal Love 2 thoughts. I just started it and am wondering if I should backtrack and watch the first season. Glad to hear season 2 is even better.

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You need to watch Eternal Love 1 as the original storyline. Some of the songs that you hear is from Eternal Love 1.

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Every Saturday morning when I wake up it's still dark outside, cold inside. I put on hot water for coffee, feed the cats and before anyone else wakes up I turn on the tv, tune in to the latest episode of
MEMORIES OF ALHAMBRA. Because there are no distractions I can enjoy a couple cups of coffee, a leisurely breakfast, wrapped up in my blanket, and then savor every moment of the slow pace of ALHAMBRA. Perhaps this is one reason I like it so much - especially after hearing all the grumblings about "slow pace" "nothing happens", this and that, blah, blah, blah. I've also decided Hyun Bin's voice (even more than his dimples) is so mesmerizing. I'm so blessed...
Other than that there are apparently 24 dramas on my Viki list to watch or re watch and probably 10 or more dramas on my Netflix list. If I list them all, perhaps some of you who will actually read comment #179 can give me your opinion on some of these shows: The Eternal Love 1 and 2 (not to be confused with Eternal Love with Yang Mi). Like A Flowing River. My Amazing Boyfriend, Love O2O, Never Mind there are too many to list and many are re watches. Thanks!

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I don't watch C-Drama, sorry :p

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One of the best C-dramas I watched this year was Story of Yanxi Palace which Viki has. I was just so so on Love 020 but others really loved it a lot (I think Netflix has it). I watched The Eternal Love 1, and I get why it was popular but the ending was ugh (before we knew there was going to be a part 2). It seems to have been a low budget labor of love that ended up being super popular, but I'm not watching 2 until I'm assured there isn't a part 3.

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I actually started Eternal Love 2 at ep 28 and was a bit intrigued. But then I decided to rewatch Oriental Odyssey instead and I love it so much more, maybe because the tone is so much lighter and I like the leads better. The only reason I was thinking about Love O2O is because of Zheng Yecheng who's the main guy in Oriental Odyssey. Yanxi I know is really popular but I didn't try it because it seemed to be more about palace intrigue between the ladies, which I don't care for that much. Maybe you can tell me different!

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Regarding Yanxi, it is about power struggles in the harem but it is done so much better with some of the best pacing I've seen in a C-drama. So foes get taken care of post haste and people you think you'll be seeing all the way through the drama...nope.

I really liked the comedic aspect of the relationship between the emperor and main gal. And the gal is a hoot and never sacrifices her goals for either of the love interests.

It's not perfect; I think some characters change a bit too quickly around the mid-way point and it's 70 episodes. You can watch 4 or so episodes when the mood strikes and get the vibe of the show. I am kind of done with palace intrigue or too much dynasty politics and I liked this one but it still might not be your cup.

Now I have to check out this Oriental Odyssey.

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If you try Oriental Odyssey, never mind the production values, some are laughable (but in a fun way). It's the relationships I like, all of them, even the secondary couple. The main female lead is really a bratty 16 year old but I liked her. The winner for me was the beautiful Zheng YeCheng. He was hilarious at first in the Tarzan-like mode but when they went to his kingdom and he dressed as the Prince, wowza.

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Oh, and I'll add Yanxi to at least try. Sometimes I skip around until I find something that intrigues me.

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It's been hard trying to catch up after a mere 9 days away!
Red Moon - This show knows how to do twisty plot mysteries right. It's sucks me in so hard and I'm happy to go down the rabbit hole of trying to figure out who's doing what and if they even know it! The only show I re-watched during my vacation, in order to make greater sense of the new episodes!!

Alhambra - I've more or less caught up … been wondering how come Yang Joo (the gaming pro assistant) has not been helping Jin Woo in the game lately. JW seems to be so alone in his predicament. Wish he'd tell his friends what's happening. This show seems to be a much better 'version' of the idea behind the writer's previous show, 'W'.

I'm thinking that the person Jin Woo needs more is Min Joo (the little sister) rather than Hee Joo. 😏 I like her pointed questions and brash remarks that give Jin Woo pause. When thinking how I'd categorise this show, I am tempted to slot it under horror for the chilling need to die and kill repeatedly, a dead, inexorable enemy who will never go away.

Encounter - In the rare times that I choose not to look for plot but for flow, this show works wonderfully well. We can just meander through the rough and the smooth of a mismatched couple who deal with each road bump one by one. The understated emotions roiling under the surface keeps us guessing … who's going to do what because they got upset, ignored, stymied. I love seeing if and how Soo Hyun takes back control over her life. Doesn't hurt that the visuals are really nice and the OTP's music hits the spot of hope and pathos.

Priest - Still no time to get beyond the first 5 episodes, but it's interesting. I note the difference that those who get possessed in this show can be anybody, even 'good guys', whereas in The Guest, those who got possessed had opened themselves up to evil by their anger, resentment, etc negative reactions. So far I still prefer The Guest more for the struggling heroes and odd but endearing team work.

Our Strange Hero/Revenge Returns - I'm still not sure about this one, except that Yoo Seung Hoo is great to watch. I hope the characters get to be more and more likable and well fleshed out. The music is surprisingly good and a varied mix that works and adds to the laughs.

Fluttering Alert - I don't feel compelled to watch every bit of each episode. As the title suggests, I think I should only watch when there's an alert to a flutter, ie, only the times the OTP are able to be together, which has been seldom in the later episodes. I'm amazed at the ability of committed viewers to analyse/interpret and find so much meaning in short conversations and little gestures. They are fun to read and could even be correct, and add to the fun of watching this strangely ill-made show.

Twelve Nights - Trying to enter the final lap of the last 3 nights. I'm not sure this...

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I'm not sure this relationship is a wise one, since it's just based on emotions and there's so little in between follow up or growing together. The developments between side characters Baek Man and Yoo Chan, between Koo Wol and Chae Won and Photographer lady with everyone are more engaging.

Less Than Evil - This has to wait for me to find more time. I think I like anti-hero stories.😉 I will try to forgive them for all their bad choices, but still. Gotta watch this to know for sure. 😅

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Yes, I don't really watch thrillers and avoid anything even faintly horror, so I have no vocabulary for such shows and I definitely call Alhambra horror at this point. eeeeek.

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LOL @bbstl I'm glad I'm not the only one 'horrified' by Alhambra, but in the good scary way.

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Is it because Hyun Bin is playing his part so realistically? Even though it's about a game that isn't realistic, the danger is real and he's doing such a great acting job, probably partially because the directing and camera work is good too.

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Definitely it has a lot to do with Hyun Bin, since he's the main focus of each episode. I get to feel with him his fear and confusion. The feelings come out so real.

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On the other hand I love thrillers and horror, with the exception of exorcism which I find extremely boring. I'd say Alhambra is a suspense thriller. Last week I called it horror. It's the only kdrama I still like a lot right now.

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Currently Watching:
Witch's Romance- I'm three to the end and now it's slow and I'm getting a bit bored nooooo why was the SL even there. He wasn't even an interesting character, he was just there to Plot Device sighhhhh
Memories of Alahmbra: I think we need to name the game... hmmmm how about Jerry?
Clean With Passion For Now: Still have no idea why I'm watching this. I'm not even hate watching it lol.
My Strange Hero: It makes me laugh and it's fun, if really chaotic.

To Finish ASAP:
The Liar and His Lover. Also I was talking to @jenmole last night and I miss the Liar Ninjas. 😭 Come baccckkkk~!

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I think the game name should be How many times Hyun-Seok got killed!!!

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But's that's not a name name hahaha or well considering modern baby names maybe it is...

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Is this 'modern baby name' thing universal? I have always been perplexed why parents want to make their children's lives miserable by giving some of the weirdest names. Worse than Tom, Dick and Harry are names than make you stand out for the wrong reason!

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'Aint got my anthroponomastics degree yet so I don't know if it's cross-cultural and cross-lingual but it's definitely a trend in English names and Celebrities are partly to fault.
I like names, and I like unusual names, or ones that aren't used much, with nice meanings. But some are just too much. I can't think of any extreme examples right now, but one day we'll have reached the absurdity of Racehorse names and then I will know humanity has reached its lowest point.

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@sicarius more absurd than Frank Zappa's daughter Moon Unit, for example?

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I know quite a few kids nowadays who've been named after Disney Princesses.

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@bbstl December 22, 2018 at 8:36 PM
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More absurd than Frank Zappa's son Dweezil (born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa), for example? ;-)

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@pakalanapikake there was a boy in my year at school who's nickname was Wazza, so for some reason Dweezil ain't that bad.
As soon as numbers are involved I'm out though. E.g. C8lyn

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@sicarius December 22, 2018 at 10:31 PM

cc: @bbstl, @outofthisworld,

I see what you mean about C8lyn. It looks like a vanity license plate. LOL!

For your edification:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOHPuY88Ry4

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@pakalanapikake ah I love me some Johnny Cash!!! Hahahaha

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@sicarius, re:Potoooooooo
Did you hear my shrieks of laughter from where you are? 🤣 omg
C8lyn 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
@pakalanapikake, and Zappa's other daughter Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. Can't make this stuff up.
@linda-palapala, I tutored a little girl named Aurora who had no idea (or interest in) what a real aurora is but proudly told me she was named for a princess. Again, 🤦🏻‍♀️

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@bbstl December 23, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Holy cow... Abcde. Yowzer.

All this brings to mind West Germany's legal naming conventions years ago that were invoked when someone wanted to name their little daughter "Hitlerina." It was disallowed, and for a year or so the child's legal name was her birth registration number until the parents relented, IIRC. The government's rationale for disallowing it was along the lines that it would subject the child to public ridicule or shaming.

As for Ms. Zappa's given name:
https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Frank-Zappa-name-his-daughter-Diva-Thin-Muffin-Pigeen

I shouldn't be surprised by anything dreamed up by the guy who gave his compositions such titles as "Willie the Pimp," "Weasels Ripped My Flesh," "Uncle Meat," and "Naval Aviation in Art," for starters. ;-)

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@bbstl Racehorse names have always bamboozled me. They defy all naming laws. They're not just made up nouns, some are straight up verbs or sentences or not even words at all. If anything they rival K-pop stage names in oddness.
I simply don't understand how such a prestigious sport requires such naming habits.
Sea the Stars
Cornishman V
Hello Sanctos
ARRRRR
And of course Potoooooooo

Although pray tell, how does one pronounce Abcde...

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@sicarius fine then
Raises one eyebrow
*clears throat* and sings out
OH SICARIUS THE QUEEN OF MELONIA
How Racehorses Get Their Names:
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4634884
and yes, we can tell you didn't read the link because it's "absidee", umhmmm, yes it is 😉
Now we just need the link to how Some Beanies get their names 👑🍈😂

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@sicarius @bbstl

Before I read the link, I was already singing out the name abcde....efg...hijk...lmn...op-peeee!

If I was still in school, I'd like my name to be ZZzz. Whenever I am caught sleeping in class, I'd just blame my parents.

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@bbstl HAHAHAHAH ahhh mianhae... I should come with a warning label *does not click on links sent to her unless expressively told to do so* (@obsessedmuch and @kaybee have to put up with a lot in our chats)
Ab... absidee... okay then... I think I prefer unpronounceable Irish names...

*clicks on this link though since you told me too though*
Ohmo there's actually some linguistics behind it hahaha that's pretty cool... they're still ridiculous though, and doesn't really explain why they are often just phrases. This is why I do actually want to study Anthroponomastics, which is the study of first names. Maybe there's an obscure branch that covers the cultural linguistics of racehorse names.
Okay I'll shut up now hahaha

Is that a hint... would you like to know how I got my name... the latter half of it doesn't need explanation for sure. But the first part might hahahaha

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@sicarius oh and here I thought Anthroponomastics was a word you completely made up 😂🤣😂! I love it. This must be another branch:
https://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/where-do-dog-show-competitors-get-their-bizarre-names

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Nope! hahahaha didn't make it up! It's a thing!

"Vjk-Myst Garbonita’s California Journey" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
While we're at it, I think all cats should have a Jellicle name a la T.S.Eliot's Possum Book of Cats hehehe

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The Crying Game?

Which was a good movie if anyone is interested.

By the way, why Jerry?

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It was literally the first name I thought of hahahaha.

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Witch's Romance SL the Polar Bear? It was a TW remake and they left him in, what a waste of time and space. I did wonder if another actor might have made something out of it but still, blechhh.

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I watched the TW drama, the Polar Bear was best left out in the cold.

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Yesss... -__-
I doubt it tbh... maybe would've been more interesting to watch, but there's nothing to go off. There is no character.

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I think we should call the game Amme (pronounced Amy). It's Emma backwards. This will nicely round out the show's fantastic representation of female characters.

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Pffft hehehehehe, so the game is a girl? Because it's underdeveloped or... ;)

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@leetennant: That's okay with me, because ya' know, the show is really about him, not her. And his arch nemesis.
Although I guess they could use some female warriors in the game. Though she does look stunning in her different outfits. Which at that point I thought of you because that scene did actually get to me in an annoying way.

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@leetennant You "liked" my comment...I was afraid I'd be taken too seriously! Thanks a bunch, heh.

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Yashhh mommy cha and cha twins! I absolutely love daddy cha- love to see him suffer HAHAHA

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1) Mama fairy and woodcutter: Can't wait to finally see the resolution in next weeks final episodes (there will be a resolution right?)

2)Dance Sport Girls: Why aren't more people talking about how heartfelt this drama is! I went in thinking it was going to be another highschool drama kinda like Sassy Go Go with focus on comedy. But this one takes an arrow and pierces it right in the feels. The relationships between the girls (and our one cute guy) are slowly opening up. Eager for Monday for the next episode.

3) Happy to Die: This has turned out to be a wonderful drama! All the twists and playing with the time loop idea have me at stitches every time Baek dies comically.

4) Love Alert: Kinda stopped at ep 9, haven't been able to pick it up again yet

5) Memories of Alhambra: This show made me get Netflix and so far it delivers. Good intrigue. good storyline and just the right amount of what on earth is going on for ep 6.
Ep 7. loading. pressing play...

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I'd like to give A Quiz from God: Reboot a little plug. I've been on a drama hiatus and it was GQ that brought me back. I've enjoyed the franchise for a while now and even revisited it on Netflix last year, something I don't do very often with Kdramas. You'd think they would have run out of ideas by now but they always manage to come up with something even if it treads into scifi fantasy territory. The relationship between the leads is always a joy. A delightful lowkey ongoing romance which is nicely ordinary even while they partner up professionally dealing with gruesome death.

I love my crime shows and yeah... I don't miss too many OCN offerings. :D

I'm enjoying Less than Evil and Memories of Alhambra as well. Alhambra fascinates me mainly as a redemption story framed within issues related to gaming addiction... similar to how matters were played out in Nine.

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Thanks, @laica, for your comments on TOP STAR YOO BAEK, which is the only show I'm watching among those mentioned by the Minions.

I, too, wish that Ma-dol oppa had gotten a chance to pop the question. The music during the preview for ep. 5 was a tip-off that it would not be smooth sailing ahead for the good captain. "The Water Is Wide" is beautiful and melancholic.
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/665842/

I feel really bad for him. But I sense his trepidation. It's not just a matter of fearing rejection. He may have noticed during his 3 years at sea that they'd grown differently. But I also got the impression that he has been following Dad's orders to look after her since the day her parents were lost at sea. Being a filial kind of guy, it's what he does. He's always had to keep it together as the responsible oppa, and she sees him as that, not a man, from what I gather. I suspect he's liked her for a long time, but has been Joe Cool about it up -- until he shopped for an engagement ring in France.

I love Ma-dol's relationship with Halmoni. They are so cute and affectionate together. It shows the closeness of the two families, and the shared sorrow for the loss of his father's best friend and his wife. The observance of their memorial day was very touching.

So far, I've only seen ep. 6 raw, but it was quite a hoot. I get the impression that Kang-soon is getting some insight into the down side of being a top star when they are pursued by baying reporters trying to gin up a scandal.

A retroactive tidbit from the first episode: I have been enjoying the sound of the island satoori. After I while, I realized the locals were all using one word in a gazillion different ways, with different inflections, context, and facial expressions. It sounds as if they are saying "geoshigi," which I've seen translated as "thingie." It seems to be used like "da kine" is in Hawaiian pidgin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxdy6SaeDTQ

I recalled the word as the name of a country bumpkin from Baekche in the Lee Jun-ik films ONCE UPON A TIME IN A BATTLEFIELD / HWANGSANBUL and its sequel, BATTLEFIELD HEROES. They are comic send-ups of the Tang invasion of Korea, starting with Shilla's attack on Baekche.

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Here's a little more background on the dialect word “geoshigi” used on the island, a true shibboleth if ever there were one.

I finally got around to watching ONCE UPON A TIME IN A BATTLEFIELD and BATTLEFIELD HEROES a couple of months ago, and dimly recalled reading about the use of satoori, in particular the Jeolla Province ('Baekje') word "geoshigi." The HanCinema review of BATTLEFIELD HEROES is where I first saw Geoshigi's name translated as “Thingy” a couple of years ago when I put the movies on my to-watch list. Otherwise I would have missed out on all this hilarity.
http://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-film-review-battlefield-heroes-30740.html

In another article (thanks, @kiara!), Mr. X's comments on Korean regionalism as a product of historical linguistic differences are informative and fascinating. A couple of highlights barely scratch the surface:

... two spies from Baekje (Shin Hyun-Joon and Kim Seung-Woo in hilarious cameos) infiltrate a Shilla camp, trying to steal information about their enemy's next move.

The two 'test' their Shilla dialect skills before entering their mission, but then they start enjoying the mood, and commit a fatal mistake, ending their sentence in Jeolla Province (or, better, 'Baekje') dialect, which reveals their identity to the rival soldiers... One of the major plot points of the film is when Shilla soldiers try to 'decode' one of Baekje's most difficult words, 거시기 (Geoshigi), which depending on the context can mean anything from 'it' to any verb, noun or even adjective.

... In Battlefield, [Lee Moon-Shik] plays Geoshigi (the famous word we talked about before), a simple warrior who ends up facing something way too big for him...

https://screenanarchy.com/2006/09/king-and-the-clown-special-2-once-upon-a-time-in-the-battlefield.html

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In GOD'S QUIZ: REBOOT, every time CODAS wakes up in the middle of the night when no one is around, all I can think of is HAL in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR_e9y-bka0

Does the AI "reach out and touch someone" -- namely Dr. Han Jin-woo, upon whom it is modeled -- in an attempt to more closely emulate his cogitation processes? Or has the Smiling Man hacked the system?

Interestingly, Doc Han discovers that he is missing memories of his past -- just as exorcist priest Oh Soo-min Michael and his medical associate Dr. Ham Eun-ho have done this week. What a coincidence. ;-)

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The Last Empress is all kinds of awesome. I love all the drama, backstabbing, craziness, beautiful clothes, fierce Sunny (I'm glad she does have a backbone - the first few episodes weren't promising at that front) and Shin Sung Rok's acting. And Jang Nara is probably the only one who can make me cry so there's that too (I know it may sound weird, but I hardly ever cry so it feels pretty damn good to know there's something that can still make me cry).

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Top Star YooBaek made me laugh the most^^ Please don't make this melo.

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I seriously love Memories of Alhambra so much. My only hope is for the writer to keep a clear focus on the AR game direction. I tune into this drama not to seek for romance from the main leads so I'm satisfy with the drama so far. Episode 6, 7, and 8 are quite slow and dragging but it's still worth my wait. I hope the next continuing parts will be better. I'm blown away by Hyun Bin's amazing performance. His style of acting has always been my favorite. I won't bother about the rating because it's solid where it should be. This had got to be Hyun Bin's third most outstanding performance after The Snow Queen and The World That They live in.

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I'm watching more for the game and the resolution on how we get Jin Woo and Se Ju back to normal than for the romance too.

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Just tonight I finally completed watching 'Matrimonial Chaos'. That series was far more deserving of recap attention than (excuse Me) Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter. Maybe the audience demographic just doesn't match Dramabeans reader demographic. How many disgruntled married people read this site? Raise your hands!

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Matrimonial Chaos is one of the best dramas of 2018.

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Truly enjoy SKY Castle. Its a sleeper hit for me.

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