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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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My Healing Love: I only had limited TV time this week and after that cruel pre-emption, I *had* to know what happens now that Chi-yoo found her family. (Sorry, SKY Castle, I’ll catch up soon!) What I didn’t expect was more cuteness between Chi-yoo and Jin-yoo. And is it just my newfound crush on Yeon Jung-hoon or is Jin-yoo being too flirty to be a stepbrother? I try not to ship them because there are so many unresolved issues with her being indifferently married and him being, y’know, her freaking stepbrother. Not to mention he’s the son of the lady who ninja-blocked a hundred chances at reunion between Chi-yoo and her family. It’s a lot of potential angst to wrap my head around. Normally, I’d prepare myself for it but Jin-yoo’s dimples seem to have a forget-the-angst effect on me. Crossing my fingers that they don’t pile on the pain in the remaining 32 episodes. It’s totally possible, right? Dramaland not serving angst in a weekender?

 

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Memories of the Alhambra: I love this show. I’m such a sucker for well-executed sci-fi/fantasy stories, and I’ve been eagerly following this show about an AR game gone rogue. The rules are constantly in flux, and while I know that that’s bothered some viewers, I actually find the shifting standards consistent with the overall concept of the show, and that our hero’s quest to find the game’s creator includes unlocking the reason why the game has gone berserk. I’m hoping that Hee-ju/Emma is an important key in the hero’s journey, especially now that it looks like the real-life counterpart has entered the game (finally). I’m a little miffed that the writer’s kept her out of the loop for this long, but I don’t doubt that Jin-woo would’ve made sure no one else he cared about would get stuck in the nightmare that is his reality (RIP Jung-hoon). I mean, he did his best to shield Professor Cha – a father/father-figure of Shakespearean-level terribleness – from the dangers of the game, though Jin-woo’s finally come to his senses on that question. Professor Cha is one character I wouldn’t mind the game killing off, let me tell you.

SKY Castle: That cliffhanger though!! I may not have been a fan of Hye-na as a character, and she did her best to counteract any sympathy I had for her, but she was just one distasteful character in a show full of distasteful characters and I hope she gets some justice in the end. I also desperately need Ye-seo to get her comeuppance already, because she’s seriously one of the brattiest brats I’ve seen in dramaland. Which is why I’m kinda hoping the shady admissions consultant lady succeeds in whatever endgame she’s playing at. Is Ye-seo just one of the many talented students she slowly breaks down because of her pathological need to destroy ambitious, exacting parents due to her own daughter’s circumstances? Or is she trying to atone for past sins by steering bright, young minds into their dream schools? I need to know!

An Empress’s Dignity: Are all makjangs this fun? ‘Cause if so, I’ve been missing out y’all. The plot may be absurd, the genre switches may induce whiplash, and the characters may not react like real human beings, but I can’t deny that the entertainment factor is through the roof. I’m pretty sure that on average, we’re getting one presumed-dead character revealed to be alive, two actual murder victims, and three hair-pulling catfights per episode, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the outrageousness of it all, mostly because this show thankfully doesn’t take itself too seriously. It doesn’t hurt that the actors look like they’re having the time of their lives filming this. Also, who else notices just how loud this show is? My living room always feels eerily quiet after watching an episode.

 

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Memories of the Alhambra: I still love where this show is going, despite the romance feeling a bit contrived. I think it would have been stronger if their relationship was left in the “some” stage, and instead relied on their bond, which I 100% believe in. That being said, I understand why Jin-woo needs an ally. And I understand why Hee-joo is willing. Also, please let this be the beginning of the ultra-amazing role that Emma/Hee-joo will have in bringing this story to a close. That moment of recognition between Hee-joo and Emma was pretty epic.

An Empress’s Dignity: This drama is so… cheap? Soapy? Ridiculous? I don’t know if I’m addicted to it because it’s so bad, or because I’m hoping that it will redeem itself with at least a moment or two of plot/character/emotional depth. Any kind of depth! Instead, people are still getting slapped anywhere from 5-19 times per episode, and the Emperor continues to trash rooms on an almost daily basis. Did I mention it’s addictive?

 
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SKY Castle: I am praying Woo Joo is the killer. All series long, I have complained about the writers giving Kang Chan Hee nothing to do. (His character is the most underdeveloped. Why do we not know anything about him? Is Woo Joo's purpose to crush on Hye Na?) Please, please let this be his thing to do. That would be the ultimate plot twist: the most innocent person on the cast committing murder. Woo Joo even has a motive. Hye Na used him, played with his feelings, kissed him, and lied to him. He sympathized with her mom's death and asked her to move in with him. dark!Woo Joo, leggo!

I didn't want Hye Na to die. I wanted Hye Na to be rejected by her dad and kicked out of school, but I didn't want her to die. I admit that Hye Na genuinely loves Ye Bin because Ye Bin is the only family she's got and Hye Na genuinely likes Woo Joo, just not romantically, but she has never been fake with them. I refuse to believe Hye Na committed suicide because she is too strong mentally.

Ye Seo pushing Hye Na is too obvious after she explicitly said, "I really want to kill Kim Hye Na." Except for Professor Cha and Soo Han's dad, all of the parents have alibis, so Han Seo Jin and Professor Kang are out. I wish Hye Na's death was a flashforward instead of a timeskip (Woo Joo was 17, but today is his 19th birthday, the kids are high school seniors, and Ye Seo's dad gets promoted to chief), and the killer was revealed in the finale.

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We have the same opinion on Hye Na and Ye Suh. No way she committed suicide and Ye Suh is too obvious. And even as much of a brat she is, I can't picture her killing Hye Na.

Hye Na's death could have been an accident. Like there was an argument that went bad and she fell down. I don't know with who tho. Woo Joo seemed so heartbroken in the hospital and it could eventually be out of guilt but he seems too innocent. Or maybe that's why he's the culprit. I'm not sure anymore !

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I wonder what text message Hyena received.

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Maybe it was a lie to make yeh-suh believe she would post about her identity.

Or Coach Kim may have contacted hye-na to further drive yeh-suh into despair. Sending the audio file perhaps?

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If it were only a choice between Ye-Seo and Woo-Joo, my pick would be Woo-Joo. During the Mafia game, I wondered what Woo-Joo was thinking during the "argument" between Hye-Na and Se-Ri. And Hye-Na had tears in her eyes after she fell. Ye-Seo wouldn't have been able to make her cry, but Woo-Joo would if Hye-Na felt hurt/betrayed by something he said/did.

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Se Ri, who was the mafia, is also a choice. In the Mafia game, the mafia (Se Ri) kills citizens (Hye Na).

One of (or both) the twins would be a real shocker. I loved when hotheaded Ki Joon tried to fight Hye Na during the game. Other than the motive of avenging their noona, the show could reveal one of them likes Ye Seo. Ki Joon teases her like a little boy pulling pigtails, while Seo Joon is super nice to her. I want to see Ye Seo and Seo Joon's interactions as school president and vice president.

Hye Na really let her real self come out during the argument with Se Ri. I am dying of curiosity over why Woo Joo and Hye Na fought. "I'm hesitant to share this information, but Se Ri wasn't the only person Hye Na fought with." Woo Joo looked so suspicious turning over his phone to the police.

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Could hye-na have overheard Yeh-suh taking to coach Kim on the phone, when she was in the bathroom? I feel like Hye-na would have wound yeh-suh up even more.
I think hye-na said she was going to reveal her identity at the party and take everything from yeh-suh including woo joo. Hye-na taunting yeh-suh about texting her contact. A struggle between the two of them on the balcony about the phone.

Or maybe hye-na used the fact yeh suh said she wanted to kill her, recorded it. Made sure that everyone could see yeh suh was fighting with her and jumped off the balcony. Making sure woo joo would find her in time and get to the hospital.

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I still don’t get the hate for Hye-na . heres a a girl who attended school did part time jobs took care of her sick mom and who didn’t butt into others business until she came to know about her father.
Why is she considered being mean when she’s only defending herself from Yeh-suh’s viciousness?
Why is being considered underhanded when Yeh bin was her only chance to get into Kangs house?
Why is being considered manipulative when it’s WooJin who’s been around her and not the other way around.she kissing woo bin could be to make Yeh Suh jealous I agree but I always saw genuine fondness she had for the guy.
KIm Bora did an amazing job as Hye- na . I’m going to miss her . Her last couple of scenes with dr kang , and Seri broke my heart and I just forgive her for what she’s done to people around her( mind you nothing much when you compare to the other manipulative sky residents).
I hope they find the killer soon and it better not be woo Jin .

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Forgive my lack of commas and full stops . My English teacher would have a heartattack if she saw her student putting her efforts into drain if she sees my above paragraph 😀.its just that I was too excited and I had to vomit what I was feeling . Hence no punctuations and iPhone certainly doesn’t suggest that 🙇‍♀️

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I feel you! I was struggling to type out the names, the auto correct isn't helping at all.

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Wow, I did not expect they would kill off one of my favorite characters. I cried, I laughed and I cried/laughed, and it's only possible while watching Sky Castle episode 15. The hospital scene was tragically sad, and the aftermath parent meeting was as comical as it was serious.

AND my interest in the Hwang family just skyrocketed, not because of the cliffhanger, but who knew Woo-Joo had some deep anger towards his dad? The seemingly perfect family is finally interesting.

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There is a popular theory that Woo Joo is cutting himself and poisoning his stepmom's tea. Woo Joo ran away from home when he was little and fought with Lee Soo Im after his dad remarried, so how can the Hwang family suddenly be so perfect? Now we learn Woo Joo has harbored resentment towards his dad all these years over his mom's death.

I wish Hye Na wasn't killed off but rather her death was a flashforward. I wish episode 15 returned to the original timeline for us to play whodunit. Then the killer is revealed in the finale.

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I admire hye-na , I think it was smart and resourceful for hye-na to live at sky castle as hye-bin's tutor and build a relationship with her father slowly.
But, she made a mistake revealing it to Yeh-suh first.

I'm angry with the adults in this case, they are so focused on keeping appearances that they have neglected their children. Dr kang was so cruel in the last scene, he could have held her hand,offered her some words of comfort. But he walked away. Similarly Hye-na's mum, why didn't she reach out to him earlier, why has she put all the pressure on hye-ran. I feel so sorry for Hye-na, everyone around has failed her. Kim Bora was so good, I'm excited to see her next project.

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Hye-na is such an interesting and fascinating character. If I were a young actress like Kim Bora, I would certainly choose this kind of character to play. It's too bad she was killed off (even though it makes the story interesting).

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Exactly, I'm eager to see what kind of character she choose next.

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+1 & a ❤️. ^^

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Poor Hye-na, what a horrible life she had.

Yeh-suh is obvious, but sometimes, the obvious is the rigth answer. It will be good for her, and for the whole family, as a final revenge for Hye-na. They will be crushed by their own greed.

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I do hope that there will be a back story of how HyeNa's mom and Dr. Kang separated. It was their love first then something ( someone) made them separated apart. Dr. Kang believes that HN's mom found someone else. It was probably Dr. Kang's mom and HSJ doing. Probably back then when he was in love with HN's mom, he was a decent guy but the marriage and hospital environment had changed him into the current despicable Dr. Kang. Eps 16 is devastating! on many level.

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I absolutely believe WJ is not the killer or dare I say that he should not be the one. WJ had a crush on Hye Na and HN used this against her half sister. I know that her action is not saintly to say the least. But I think WJ knows that HN may not love him but she was fond of him and that is fine for him. I did not like when HN kissed WJ as if she did to spite of YS and I wish PD took a different take because I actually felt that HN really appreciated that WJ likes her despite of her background( and her better academic score than WJ; many boys feel threatened with academically smarter girls)
I find WJ likable because he is quite empathetic.He did not have a crush because HN is gorgeous. He was empathetic towards HN because he feels her burden and sorrow for having a sickly mom( and she died), which he had gone through. Empathy is a quality that human should strive to have.
On the other hand Han Seo Jin and Ye- Seo do not have an empathy. If HSJ sees others who struggle like when she was young, she would not give a sxxx. She would probably look down on them and step on them. HY is the same.
In this competitive world, sometimes people with empathy are regarded weak but are they really? People with winning background are considered happy. But are they really?
Because some one like the Kang family stays winners often in real life, I would like to see guys with good hearts( like WJ) win ( or at least find something meaningful for themselves)at least in dramaland.

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Just to clarify, it is Woo Joo's 19th birthday because they count in Korean years, which is +1 of our normal year. He is actually turning 18. Just to clarify that it is not a flashforward:)

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It is not a flashforward; it is a timeskip. Woo Joo was 17 in Korean age, and the kids were in 11th grade.

It is 2018-05-20 in episode 8, while Hye Na died on 2019-02-27 in episode 16.

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This week MotA & Empress win.

Memories of the Alhambra: 9/10 Would have been a 7 except for the last few minutes. I had faith that the writer would have something up her sleeve even if I didn't know what it might be. Meanwhile, I don't understand all the fuss about PSH's kisses -- maybe if she kissed me I would wake up and pay attention, but otherwise...

Crowned Clown: 6/10 I had a hard time with ep 1 because I kept thinking of Last Empress and I kept seeing the queen as my favorite zoombie(!) from Hwayugi. And then they went and mentioned Journey to the West... For ep 2 I was back to normal.

An Empress's Dignity / Last Empress: 8.5/10 Any bets on whether the next empress is the sister of the current empress?

Bad Detective / Less than Evil: 7/10 Standard/boring/psycho serial killer villain + standard-ish detective + non-standard female lead = ok show.

Neighborhood Lawyer 2 / My Lawyer, Mr. Jo 2: 2/10 I've been looking forward to Ko Hyun-Jung, but the script.... (And FWIW, I dropped season 1 about half-way).

Children of Nobody: 8/10 After all the things people survive in other shows, Eun-Ho dies from one crummy little bullet wound? He gets shot that close to the ocean and he couldn't manage to fall into the water? Because we all know that falling into water is the miracle cure for everything except the common cold.

God's Quiz 5: 7.5/10 Getting better, except for impossible-to-believe AI.

Shows I'm too stubborn to quit:
Priest: 3/10 If they can undo the last few weeks, can I unwatch them?

My Strange Hero: 5/10 Jo Bo-ah = 10; over-acted impossible-to-believe villian=0; everything else=4.

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On Empress' Dignity : most likely if Yoon topples Hyuk and his mom

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Priest: I want the same ability ! The screenwriter is playing with the (few) audience XD

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Currently only watching Memories of the alhambra and Clean with Passion for Now... ( One I'm addicted to, the other I started after The Guest, it's pure fluff but man! I so needed it at that time!)

Lots of show I'm interested in but no time and more importantly, I believe the less shows I watch at the same time, the more I can enjoy them.

Seems to me you're maybe trying to watch too many shows and hence everything "average" that could still be fairly enjoyable ends up being flat... Keep on going on this road and you'll end up in a drama slump...

I had one godawful that lasted almost a year... i'm still catching up...

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The thing is I nearly experienced a drama slump few years ago. There was a time I watched even more shows and like you said, I couldn't even enjoy the average ones. Since last year, I started to drop lots of shows and picked them up once they're completed. I know my current watch-list is longer than other Beanies but it used to be even longer x)

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I feel you @mango @lordcobol
I was just getting ready to ditch Priest when the writer dropped the bomb.
I feel cheated somehow and my jaw is permanently unhinged from the shock that dropped it.

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I still haven't watched the recent episode but nobody expected that. Now the story needs to keep being interesting.

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Same conclusion on Lawyer Jo

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- Completed -

Door Lock: starring Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Ye Won and Kim Sung Oh. This thriller movie was really creepy and I even checked if my door was locked or if there were any intruder before going to sleep. Don't forget that eople are scarier than monsters.

Hymn of Death: I couldn't believe in thier love because it felt like their feelings were not portrayed deep(?) enough. I can't exactly understand how their feelings lead them to their final choice. But then again, I'm not fond of the two-love-birds-against-the-world type of relationship.

Miss Baek: starring Han Ji Min, Kim Shi A and Lee Hee Joon. As if I didn't have enough of chil abuse cases in Children od Nobody, I decided to watch this one. That's when I question parenthood, humanity and the welfare of child actor filming in these kind of movies.

Thirty but Seventeen: Now I understand why people loved Chan. Ahn Hyo Seop improved A LOT compared to Queen of the Ring and Father's Strange to give us this adorable and earnest nephew and second lead. Mr. Gong was so much better once he started to smile (Yang Se Jong's smiles must feature in his next project, not just be a cameo). I loved Woo Seo Ri a lot ! Shin Hye Sun did a wonderful this teenager in an adult's body and having to readadpt herself in a new world. Her dreams and her aspirations in playing violin got me really hard ! And a big thanks to the child actors Park Shi Eun and Yoon Chan Young who shared once again a traumatic experience. May they reunite as a happy couple in the future (adding them next to a YJG-KYJ-KSH reunion).

Unstoppable: starring Ma Dong Seok, Song Ji Hyo and Kim Sung Oh. I expected the movie to have a very dark atmosphere but it was lighter than I thought. It still had tension but I was sure to have Ma Dong Seok and Song Ji Hyo safe at the end. I love Kim Sung Oh in all types of roles but the villain ones are of my favorite. And he was quite dandy in this movie haha.

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Children of Nobody: I'm ready to watch the finale but at the same time not really. I might rewatch this drama to spot clues and red herrings again.

Chuugaku Seinikki: ep 8. Duronf the junior high school part, I asked myself if watching this story with a male teacher and a female student would alter my view on the relationship. I think since female teacher and male student are more rare I'm more open to see where their love is going. But their love doesn't seem to be deep enough to be ready to go beyond social prejudices. Just like other characters in the show ! BOTH protagonists believe in their feelings for each other, so I want them to prove me (and their surrounding) wrong.

The Crowned Clown: The movie /b>Masquerade was my first introduction to sageuks. So I had huge anticipation for the drama adaptation, especially the queen's role since she didn't have much to do in the movie. I was genuiely pleased...

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I was genuiely pleased by the queen and her relationship with the king. Lee Se Young is doing a wonderful job and I hope her character will be awesome during the whole drama ! Yeo Jin Goo and sageuk naturally go together.

Dae Jang Geum is Watching: I enjoyed this week's episode the least so far. The love triangle isn't my thing and Jin Mi and Min Hyuk had less screentime.

Encounter: I never have something interesting to comment on Encounter because the main couple's relation goes at its pace and I'm only watching over them to see their story quietly unfold.

The Last Empress: Oh Ra Yi family is so fun ! In this huge mess of plot twits and manipulation, the Empress makes me feel pity for him. He did horrible things and won't (can't) receive love because of all the murders he commit but if only he was born and raised outside of the imperial family, he would've been so much happier. Why do I feel so much empathy for such a jerk ?

Less Than Evil: I was more invested in this week's episodes than in previous episodes. Maybe seeing ReporterEun threatining the serial killer woke up my sadistisc side ? Or because her interaction with Tae Hee was great ? Or because I just love Reporter Eun / Bae Yeo Wool ?

Like A Flowing River: ep 15. I like to see the development of the village and seeing the good (and bad) decisions made. It seems like the focus will go back to the university life.

Liver or Die: It feels like a weekend family drama with the multiple siblings, their antics, the problematic family story and upcoming illness (there's always someone with an illness at one point !). I had a good time with the premiere !

Love Playlist season 3: In a way, I find the guy's crush on his best friend cute but I want them to stay friends.

My Strange Hero: Bok Soo and Soo Jung were as sweet as Se Ho was crazy/bad this week. I like the loveline with Bok Soo's friends too.

Neighbourhood Lawyer Mr. Jo 2: The atmosphere is much darker than the first season. Go Hyun Jung's character picked my interest.

Priest: I feel so... used. I didn't expect THAT !

SKY Castle: Wow Hye Na... I never expected her to end up like this. And everything that's happening in SKY Castle is just crazy.

Tokyo Tarareba Girls: ep 2. Finally started this one ! I found this group of female friends interesting and their attempt to break this habit of "what ifs" should be entertaining.

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Re love playlist- I wish they had focused more on the other characters than HS and JW. They kept breaking and making up since last season. I could do without them if at all there's another season.

As far as the best friends are concerned, I wouldn't really mind them being in a relationship. I don't think there will be much change in their dynamics.

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Yes on HS and JW. I thought they were going to move on and that others characters will get more screentime. But nope.

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Dae Jang Geum is Watching could have a been a fairly solid 12 episode drama. We are now in the streeeetttttccccching part of the series. The triangle is being dragged out much too long, and I'm weary of it. Shin Dong-wook as Freddy Mercury though, kind of the highlight of my week. (which kind of tells you how exciting my life is)

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3 things right:
yes about streeettttccccching part (gosh i was about to explode when that happened in the last 2 episodes)
, and about being 12 episodes, i was sure that was what the info about the drama told me: it was a 12 episodes show, so I was upset when they drag the story like this just to make it a 16 ep show??
and you’re right too about the SDW as Freddy Mercury kind of the highlight of my week :D

I was mad about the show, but my love to it is also strooongg, well what can I do, Haha..

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I was sure it had only 12 episodes ! I face palmed when I saw it was 16 episodes =.=

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I might have to watch Dae Jang Geum is Watching to get my dose of Shin Dong-wook.

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This first episode is a bit much and over the top, but it settles down after that. Don't expect anything ground-breaking, but SDW is having fun, and that's why I continue.

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Exactly how I feel about Encounter. There’s no plot really, just two people living their different lives together, quietly, and as well as they can, in the face of opposition from others.

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And then there are people like me who are watching for the ex. He'll grow up, right?

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The Crowned Clown:
To be honest, without Yeo Jin Goo’s name attached to this show I would not have picked up this show due to its sageuk tag. Not surprisingly, this show doesn’t shy away from the same old boring palace politics which I’m just fast-forwarding through, though I reserve a little bit of hope that there are other arcs that could outshine the power plays. Maybe the development of Lee Kyu’s loyalty’s to both kings could do the trick? It reminds me of Lee Joon Hyuk’s character in Are You Human Too: let’s all pray Yeo Jin Goo picked a good drama this time!

An Empress’s Dignity:
If the old Head Guard can just come back from the dead like that, can I anticipate that the original Empress will just come back from the dead and scare the bejesus out of everyone? We haven’t seen her body yet (the corpse in episode 1 may not be her)! Anyway, I pray that Wang Sik tells So Jin the truth soon about the atrocities committed right around her. She’s the only untainted person in the family who deserves a quiet and peaceful life after the entire makjang mess. I also wouldn’t mind her joining the revenge team (willingly) and becoming the hidden wildcard. (My own crazy writing)

My Strange Hero:
I’m still feeling mixed about this show. There were certainly good moments such as In Ho’s lies imploding on him, Bok Soo’s question that momentarily disarmed Se Ho’s defences, Min Ji’s crush coming to a nice conclusion and Soo Jeong’s war cry over the debating results. However, looking at the base plots reveals some not so nuanced writing when it comes to the villains: corrupted principals, bratty parents and entitled students are terrible cliches, also, Se Ho is going all dark and evil as per a classic drama. I guess Kwak Dong Yeon did well muddying the waters so far.

Memories of the Alhambra:
Here we are, three quarters into the show, with nothing revealed about the game that had gone terribly wrong since the ending of the setup in the premiere week. If the kiss wasn’t enough to keep you engaged in the show (I’m quite shallow but not to the extent where random kisses work), the writer just throws a twist at you (Emma suddenly appears in Korea in front of Hee Joo) so that you’ll be befuddled enough to keep watching. There are some arcs that I would do away in a heartbeat: family drama, romance and company takeover in favour of stuff like frenemies (the founding trio).

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Empress’s Dignity: I'm only waiting for Grandmother to come back from the dead. I won't even be surprised if they used "Thriller" as bgm for her appearance.

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I bet if Grandmother is still alive, she is probably locked in that red roof house in Chungeum Island by Empress Dowager

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But does the Empress have access to it ? I thought it belonged to Grandma therefore she couldn't dispose of it freely.

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But the will has fabricated and read by the lawyer, so probably she already got the key

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I really want the princess to join the avengers team, she needs a happy ending :)

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This first working week was tough, after the two weeks of holidays... I even had to take our toddler twins a day earlier from kindergarten... they were so tired... and so was I honestly. Thus I was glad to enjoy my energising pill of Boksu on Monday and Tuesday and the happy pill of the Encounter ensemble on Wednesday and Thursday... 😃

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watching nothing, except light (yet educated) anime cells at work. waiting for romance is supplement.
tried to watch live action of I's, but man, the female character is just so annoyingly naive. but quite real representation of boy puberty, I guess. the downside, only japan could make such an attempted rape in high school like normal bullying.

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Top Star Yoo Baek: Why did this drama turned so angsty and sad lately? I wanted my dose of happiness, silliness, and tons of laughter back soon.

Memories of Alhambra: Finally!! Hee-joo, let's get things done! Also, is it strange that I like the bickering and the unexplainable, crackling tension in Jin-woo and Hee-joo's conversation much more than the kiss itself? Hug would be much sweeter and more appreciated, imho.

Red Moon Blue Sun: I'm waiting for the final eps to glue my broken and trampled heart back and heal it.

Friend, Our Legend: (Up to eps 12) Knowing the terrible outcome that will happened in the near future gave this drama a sense of futility and inevitability. Even so, I still found myself trying to discern exactly which decision or situation that would led to that conclusion. And I couldn't help but hoping that there will be some happiness in store for Dong-soo, in whatever form. I've never met a more unlucky and contradictory character than him. And the way he swallowed all the unfairness of life and suffered quietly made me want to rally at the whole world to give him another chance at building a simple and content life.

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oh hae young again: decided to binge 16 episodes of this show after having it on my list for so long and it's been a delightful watch. Although i've exhausted this PD's work the writing is something which feels new. Hae Young is definitely a female lead i don't see everyday and her and Eric are so adorable together even though their relationship itself is dysfunctional.

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One of my first drama! I loved the message that you can choose how to live your life and that you are not bound to any fate

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ENCOUNTER : I just watch for a brief as my local tv airs, so I can't give a judge. But one thing for sure the directing and editing is so beautiful.

MY STRANGE HERO : Many good things happened at once. I love forbidden romance and I love the love-struck Bok-soo. And I love the relationship between Bok-soo's nuna and nephew as they resolve quickly. Also no more annoying Min-ji which is YEAY. But what to do with Se-ho

SKY CASTLE : JinJin's family may be superficial as they comes from old money but not being the top of everything, but they are the embodiment of real family, which I love. I can see why Young-jae's family tearing apart as they always try to outdoing everyone else and have bare minimum conversation.

THE LAST EMPRESS : This is really Shin Sung-rok's best drama ever as he can showcase his talents from being villain, womanizer, romantic guy, funny guy, and wounded guy. And he does have his magic to make me ship Sunny with Hyuk even though it is morally wrong to do so.

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Yes! I 100% agree with you on Jin Jin’s Family. It’s been interesting to me how they are the most stable family in sky castle of the original families. I like that Jin Jin really sees her son. I’m glad that she’s done pressuring him and more or less let’s him be himself. Her husband may be a brown noser at work, but at least is a decent family man at home. Their family also seems to have the most warmth and least secrets

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My Strange Hero The story has finaly begun !

Clean With Passion for Now No episode >_<

The Crowned Clown 2018 was lacking in sageuk and 2019 started with a great one! Yeo Jin Goo is incredible in 2 roles and Lee Se Young is very dignified as Queen.

Red Moon, Blue Sun What are you doing Woo Kyung?! Red Cry is a killer! And he doesn't even help you...

An Empress's Dignity How many people can be killed by the Royal Family?

Boyfriend Secretary Jang can not resist :p

SKY Castle What a cliffhanger! Chani is reacting in role in Signal? Or a guilty one this time? :p

Memories of the Alhambra I'm happy to see Jin Woo to fight the Professor Cha.

Top Star Yoo Baek Poor Yoo Baek.

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Re. The Last Empress

Really, we should have kept track! 😂
The body count must be in the double digits at this point.

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My workload is increasing and my watchlist is decreasing 😔

Watching-

Memories of the Alhambra: I like the show despite FFing a lot. Go figure.

While We Were Young: I usually don't watch C-dramas but @jenmole and @sicarius got me started on this and I am loving this.

YG Treasure Box: I am just managing to watch it somehow.

Have to catch up on-

The Last Empress: I love the crazies but I missed a week and then never managed to catch up.

Looking forward to-

Running Man ep tomorrow with WINNER'S Seungyoon and Seunghoon (for a short duration) specially with the theme being Kwang Soo's relationship. He is going to be grilled so hard 😂

Knowing Bros episode with PO and KwangHee (he is back!!)

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I'm so behind on running man, but I'm going to tune in for kwangsoo's press conference! Can't wait:)

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Same! I used to watch it every week without fail! But not anymore :(

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Yeah, I think the last episode that I watched was when Lee da hee was a special member and pretending to be a duck?

I just got annoyed with the editing and the same dakji game every single episode.

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Lol Lee Da Hee has guested many times but I do remember this episode... My last episode was when WINNER's Yoon and Mino guested and while it wasn't a bad episode, it could have been much better.....RM has lost it's brilliance

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SKY CASTLE : A well written drama with complex characters and a beautiful OST. I didn't expect Hyena to die and i have no idea who the culprit is.

MEMORIES OF THE ALHAMBRA : The game and HyunBin's great acting and Mr.Cha downfall is what i look for every sat/sun and i am still waiting for HeeJoo to join the game.

THE CROWNED CLOWN : Damn JinGoo is one hella of a good actor. I wasn't interested at first in this sageuk drama but went in for YeoJinGoo and he did not disappoint at all.

THE LAST EMPRESS : One Word Addicting! The makjang and the characters are crazy but it's so fun to watch.

CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW : Almost forgot about this one because of the long hiatus.

Dramas i Dropped : My strange Hero and Encounter

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Look at me, 4 ongoing dramas?! I’m mostly interested in the first one though...

The Crowned Clown ep.1-2: that premiere! What an epic way to start 2019! Please be good. 👌😱😱

To pass the time:

My Strange Hero ep. 8-9: I’m getting bored but Yoo Seung Ho smiles so I continue watching (?) 🤔🤔💋

Top Star Yoo Baek ep. 8: I’m going to wait for ep. 9-10 (with subs) to watch this in one go. Otherwise my SLS won’t let me finish. #absoverflowers 😥😥🌹

Best Chicken ep. 1-4: My only complaint is the waste of fried chicken. The story is ok I guess. I tried cooking fried chicken after watching ep 1...with slightly disastrous results . 🐣🍗🍗

*cough* I watched a truckload of The Last Empress clips on YouTube. In my abridged version of the drama Emperor Hyuk is the lead, or so YouTube seems to think. ☠️☕️☕️

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I ship him with Sunny, but a love like this can never be. He said it himself, My empress and I are fated not to be *weeping sadly* I watch for their moments together, and their chemistry sets the screen on fire.

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The drama made us sympathise with Hyuk's character for the last few episodes.... His mother is horrible! TBH, she's the worst character... She made his son like that..

And by the way, does the Empress Dowager like younger man? Like in a few episodes back when she invited a scholarship recipient privately... What secret does she have in the garden and the island?

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The scene with the student made me think that the Empress Dowager was a sugar mama XD She likes handsome young men and she herself wants to stay young if you pay attention to all the treatments and messages she gets.

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LoL... I noticed that too.. when two young men massaged her, and she wanted to try the new drugs, LoL. Her character was fun to watch though....

Instead of "chilling" like other makjang drama, I found "Empress Dignity" is currently the best "comedy." I know, I'm addicting this drama... and SBS is always late release the preview for the next episode which leaves me so nervous, LoL.

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I'm starting to think the empress dowager might be the reincarnation of Voldermort....
The island is where she keeps her handsome young men locked up lol

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"I’m getting bored but Yoo Seung Ho smiles so I continue watching (?)"

Yoo Seung-ho is adorable. Smiling or crying, his cute, youthful good looks, combined with that deep, sexy voice, is always fun to watch. I am fairly new (less than 6 months) to Kdramas, so had not seen him before. Watched and enjoyed I am Not a Robot. That smile! Those brown eyes!

I loved Kwak Dong-yeon in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, and was so hoping his character in My Strange Hero would be complex, interesting, and flawed, but not evil. Sadly, the last few episodes seem to have established that the writer is going with Stock Evil Villain, which is so disappointing, especially as they really set him up to be a good person deeply damaged by his horrible mother. Oh well.

Encounter continues to be beautiful scenery and beautiful cinematography of the beautiful OTP, who are both boring, and have stilted, boring conversations, with random literary references popping up like they are mandatory product placements (and those are pretty badly done, also). Not sure why I'm still watching, but I guess it's because some of the other characters are entertaining, and it is quite pretty. But boring and badly written. What a waste of the two lead actors.

I'm still watching dramas from prior years, and fell madly in love with Because This is My First Life. Loved everything about the lead couple, but all three of the couples were endearing. The literary references were perfectly chosen and advanced the story. The way Jeong Hyeonjong's poem, Visitor, was incorporated into the story was as perfect and beautiful as the way Kim In Yook's The Physics of Love was used in Goblin. Those are two of my favorite scenes in any film or TV series ever.

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Because This is My First Life is a perfect drama imo. I agree with you about the two scenes made exquisite with poetry.

I truly mourn DF's demise because I can't rewatch my Goblin moments....

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A new member of the BTIMFL cult?? <3 <3 Welcome!

No, calling it a cult is an insult to it. We're just a nice, happy club.

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It moved me like few films ever have. I had to stop listening to the OST on my way to court on mornings I have hearings, because I inevitably would shed tears when I heard some of the songs.

What made such a quiet, sweet, slice-of-life drama so wonderful? It truly was perfection.

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Your comment about Encounter hit home. I actually like slow moving romances but at a certain point one realizes that good direction and editing does not a drama make. Nothing is happening! It's a problem.

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I'm afraid I'm already addicted to the Crowned Clown and I'm not a big sageuk fan.

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i'm still on a Yoo Yeon Seok kick after Romantic Doctor so I started bingeing Mr.Sunshine all last week (in awe of the show's production but the story not so much, LOVED the Gu dong mae-Hina pair, wished it was a drama about them instead)

then to counteract all the aaanggsstt i started Reply 1994. i tried watching the first 2 eps when it was aired in 2013 but found it boring, so now i started picking it up again from ep.3 and finally got to the good parts yay.. still on ep 8 rn and loving all the characters so far

current drama, only Alhambra. i might pick up Last Empress again since you all seem addicted to it lol. the 1st 2 eps i watched were rather fun but too ridiculously makjang for my taste

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It stays outrageously makjang for the first few episodes(I think it's making fun) but you know it starts getting more serious as time goes on. It kinda grows on you.

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Children of Nobody: Heartbreaking. A couple of my theories were right or mostly right. Now, don't let me down in the finale.

The Clowned Crown: I HATE sagueks. But since my Monday/Tuesday’s are pretty open and the reviews were good, I reluctantly gave it a try. To my surprise, I enjoyed the first two episodes (which were ridiculously long, btw. Stop it, tvN). Yes, I couldn’t tell one minister from another and there was the typical bloodbath; Still, some sagueks I can only describe as pretty despite the bloodshed and political conflict, but this drama was both visually gorgeous and felt dark, dangerous, and stifling.

Liver Or Die: I had no idea what to expect from this one but it earned itself another week. The episodes were somewhat confusing as the cast is large and the audience was dropped right into the middle of the chaos, but I thought there was a good combination of humor and family drama. Every character is a complete mess. Poong Sang's wife is my MVP.

My Strange Hero: I was ready to drop this drama but the introduction of BS's friends and the two students into the school corruption plot earned it another week

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The ending of "Children of Nobody" episode was MINDBLOWING! Kim Sun-ah delivered such an outstanding performance in the last scene with her mother..... I'm curious too about next week....

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Liver Or Die: Poong Sang could never find a woman who supports and lives with her in-laws like his wife has been doing all these years. I understand her because he's only thinking about his family and not his father-in-law.

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The Wife is the real angel. Marrying a guy having 4 quite young siblings in itself is an achievement and then going ahead for 18 years of marriage life handling those 4 children+ 1 too soft a husband and a Daughter. She deserves an award.

Poong is the main problem. He feels himself responsible for his siblings who all are in their 30s. He's just too much invested in his siblings.

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Sky Castle After that mother of cliffhangers episode 14, ep 15 managed to leave me on the edge again. Not because Woo Joo was arrested but that things are much worse than I can imagine. Everyone seems to be breaking down except Jin Jin's family. For the first time, I got interested in Hwang family, they have been too perfect.

Children of Nobody Awesome show which I finally caught up. This drama manages to be a gripping thriller and tackles the subject of child abuse better than other similar dramas.

Crown Clown I like it but not as much as most beanies do. Strangely, I prefer Yeo Jin Goo as the King. I have only seen him play good guys and boy has a wonderful smile. However, it's when he plays complicated characters like Yi Heon , he shines even more.
In the scene where he tried to kiss his queen, I saw a man instead of a boy. That was the problem I had with young actors like him and Park Bo Gum. This is why I can't watch Encounter.

Fatal EncounterRewatched this. Reminded me of how good Hyun Bin is. I love him and Jung Jae Young in the show. Got me thinking that if MoTA had focused on Jin Woo and his faithful secretary Seo, it would be a much better drama.

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Such a good development for the Hwang family!!! That layer of resentment we hadn’t seen about Woo Joo’s mom! 😳 We as the audience understand why he didn’t operate on Hye Na but to see Woo Joo act out was really something. Idk if he’s the real killer but I’m intrigued to see where the story goes

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I'm still watching Encounter for the ex and wishing he'd get a lead role.

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The overall drama is gorgeous too. I might be more interested in the second love story (the secretary) than the main couple.

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I love the secretary tooo!!

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I was pulling for him, too, until the last 3 or so episodes, when the writers - no surprise - decided to go Boring Stock Drama Character, and took him to the stalker-ish ex level.

I'm still not hating him - I think Encounter is badly written and directed (but kudos to the cinematographer and folks picking the filming locations, as well as to the graphic artists who do the artwork for the opening and closing credits), so it is very possible that this is just their clumsy, ineffective way of showing him still trying to protect Soo-hyun, only taking a more active role than he was able to during the marriage. I'm not convinced that he really wants to take over the hotel, or be a "co-CEO." But even if he doesn't, he couldn't have picked a more alienating way to "help." Soo-hyun has found a newer, younger model to boss her around and make decisions for her. Apparently that's OK as long as you have a sappy smile, toss off random literary quotes in every conversation, and look like PBG.

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Currently Watching

Children of Nobody
My Strange Hero
Crowned Clown
Memories of the Alhambra
Encounter
God's Quiz- Completed

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The Last Empress is confusing me with my constant wavering over love him, hate him, when it comes to Lee Hyuk. Why are they making him such a sympathetic character after all the despicable acts that he did at the beginning of the drama? I won't be surprised if it turns out that he didn't kill his first wife after all. I can imagine two scenarios.

Lee Hyuk is escorted away, weeping, leaving his wife floating face down in the water. The aide pulls the body to the bank with the dead branch of twigs. She flips the body over.

A. Suddenly, the wife opens her eyes wide cheng cheng cheng she's alive. The empress dowager grabs the branch, snaps off a twig and drives it into her neck. The wife dies.

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B. The aide screams. There's no one in there. The empress is missing. What are left are her hanbok, and her hair. The empress was wearing a wig. She had lost all her hair from the stress. She has disappeared, and where is she now? Is she disguised as a palace maid? Is she Oh Sunny????

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If the aide was Oh Sunny, then it will be a satisfying twist

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Thanks @yyishere,
I am so busy that I am only watching sporadically. You got me up to speed... 🤣

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My K-drama consumption has slowed down considerably the past few weeks. Honestly, I’ve just gotten so into K-pop lately, it’s crazy.

I’m not sure what the problem is, but nothing that’s streaming legally is drawing me in. And the times when I find myself excited to start a drama (or dive back into one) I just end up watching a few seconds and getting distracted.

But there is a shining light in my hopes for When We Were Young being amazing. I’ve watched several clips and FMVs and beanies have said some really positive things about it. Even though it’s not a K-drama, it’s the only upcoming show I’m really looking forward to (Viki hasn’t uploaded it yet).

Currently Airing

Boyfriend: It took me weeks to get through this episode. It’s not bad, but just isn’t drawing me in. For some reason, even with the cuteness, the relationship just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t think I’ll bother catching up while it’s still currently airing. (ep. 7)

Finished Airing

Thirty But Seventeen: I might actually be able to finish this soon, especially since the angsty parts are coming up. Everything’s been drawn out long enough. (ep. 23-24)

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Forgot to mention that I did try out The Crowned Clown but haven't been able to get more than halfway past the first episode. I mostly blame this on the length of the first episode (did we actually need movie-lengthones). The acting, setting, and score are all phenomenal, but the future, and current, angst and political machinations just have me too stressed to have to wait weekly. So I'll probably just read all the spoilers I can find and then take forever to finish the drama. Like usual.

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Who in kpop has been driving you to distraction? Lol

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Not any artist in particular. I've just been finding some new songs that I've quickly become obsessed with. Here are a few:

Valkyrie - ONEUS (awesome debut)
Tell Me What to Do - SHINee
It's raining - SNUPER (such a unique sounding song)
Love is - Teen Top
Want You to Say - PLAYBACK (super catchy)
PARADISE - TST
TIME OF SORROW - VICTON (super wistful sound to me)

I've been finding these random videos on YouTube about underrated K-pop songs so that's what I've been obsessing over the past few days (SHINee excluded in the above list). Here's one if you're bored: https://youtu.be/9IDOS4eff-4

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It's great to see more and more Beanies succumbing to When We Were Young's charms :D

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I'm trying so hard to resist looking up spoilers haha.But what I've seen so far looks awesome!

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Bok-soo's Back: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

The Crowned Clown: Uggggh, this show is a perfect ten! A goldmine! I can't wait for more!

The Last Empress: I'm so glad I listened to all of you and picked this up, because it's probably what I'm most invested in right now. I'm most surprised by how much I love the Princesses - Ahri's slyness had become fantastically charming, and poor So-jin doesn't deserve being wrapped up in this mess!

Shining Inheritance: 666th rewatch! ❤️

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Like for Shining Inheritance! I have watched it hundreds of times too!

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It's quite a comforting drama for me, and a sentimental favourite, so I can't help returning to it when I feel run down! 😂

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Exactly! Same for me!

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Plus, now that it's on Viki and Netflix, I can watch it on the TV! 👌👌👌

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Older dramas are perfect for watching on TV. I know faded colors are all the rage now but the vibrant colors of the older dramas speak to my heart.

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That's true, Shining Inheritance is so saturated! I like some interesting direction, but Shining Inheritance is just cheap and simple and nice~
Maybe it's just nice how uncomplicated it is? Well, the plot is obviously very complicated, but still! 😂

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The little girl playing Ah ri is fantastic. Either that or the director is awesome, or both. I tried Shining Inheritance but couldn't get into it. Sometimes it depends on the mood so I'll try again. 666 times, ha, you beat me at some of my obsessions. I can't re-watch something once the emotional feeling is gone. So how do you maintain that feeling for so many rewatches? Once I start ff to the scenes with my main male character I know it's been too much.

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To be honest, the first time I watched Shining Inheritance it wasn't until about 16 episodes in that I realised I liked it! 😂
It's so addictive, I was just watching and watching without noticing as the show burn of a plot got under my skin. It's definitely not for everyone, but it was most definitely for me! ❤️
I suppose the things I can rewatch are tied to my emotions? Like, even if I really enjoyed thrillers, sometimes I just can't sit through them twice because my investment is already spent. No matter how beautifully directed, sharply written, and well acted they are, I don't always associate them with fuzzy feelings.
Earlier this year I desperately needed a show full of sunshines and rainbows, so I got obsessed like Thirty But Seventeen because that's exactly what it gave me. The things I enjoy rewatching are the things that I'm emotionally attached to, because I think there's a difference in noticing the emotions in a show and grasping onto them.

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@mary,
Will the header for WWW be one of the dramas mentioned from now on?
I think it is a great idea!
Fighting!

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I pfft every time I see

FEATURING Chanyeol

on the Memories of the Alhambra header. That boy has had a total of ten minutes of screen time.

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Dramas:
Sky castle: who did it? Or did Hyena did it herself?

MotA : ep 11 filler. Ep 12 ok-ish. What matters is now HJ is in the game. Ep 13 will show more of Emma. Heh

The Last Empress: Hyuk-ah work your way to be a decent person please. I'm watching for you now. I dont even mind anything else hahaha

Liver or Die: this is makjang-ish too. The siblings have differing personalities and they clash at each meet. But it has heart. The ensemble is great. I'll try to keep up and see how it goes. Besides theres Song Jung Ho, eventhough only as a side character heh.

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The Crowned Clown- this is my first proper saeguk (can 100 days my prince and in Hyun's man count? I think not). I was shocked at the no of deaths but I guess this is the standard fare. YJG is amazing and I want to continue watching it. I just hope they make the episode length more reasonable.

Bad Detective- (episode 7)While the police officer's story was sad, that doesn't excuse his doings.
The main villain is so uninteresting, especially compared to the FL. Why doesn't he die? I want both the leads to work on some other interesting cases, rather than chasing this guy .

Children of nobody- I was pretty sure about the final mystery, but after talking with other beanies, I'm confused once again. This show is just amazing. I hope they're able to wrap up everything properly.

Priest- I understand that the past of the leads is what lead them to their present lives, but do they need to continue being together, especially since it can be dangerous? Apart from that, the show is quite interesting.

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Bad Detective: I thought we would follow Woo Tae Seok and Reporter Eun/Bae Yeo Wool teaming-up to resolve cases while the main villain's mystery is in the background like a conventional crime drama BUT the villain was introduced early on and isn't one bit interesting. He's not even the type of psychopath fun to hate ! I will keep watching for the female lead.

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Exactly! I don't understand his motivations. Normally in other crime dramas, I can overlook that, but here since the FL is interesting, it makes him all the more bland in comparison.

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The female lead (and the actress <3 ) is the reason I started this drama. A detective and a psychopath working together ? Sign me up !

The police officer would make a better main villain at this point. But I feel bad for the actor playing the villain because if I watch his next project, I will think of his previous role and need time to adjust.

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Variety show

Same bed, different dreams 2 : in gyo jin's family and friends are funny lol

Coffee friends: pretty people making pretty looking food and drinks in a pretty cafe in a pretty orange farm surrounding. I'm in. Especially to see besties SHJ-YYS together. SHJ's other bestie will make an appearance too. Dr Woo from Sky Castle will join in the next ep. I'm excited!

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Coffee Friends has started already? That was fast!

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It has☺! And its aestheticly pleasing. So much pretttyyyy. And the members are so lovely~

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I need to try watching it! The only variety show I watch, really, is 2 Days 1 Night.

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I watch 1n2ds too. But i've skipped several eps since i'm too engrossed in dramas now hahaha.

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I'm still waiting for CWPFN. Idk whether the preemption will do the drama good or bad. I hope people would still be interested..

I mentioned it last time and some beanies suggested that I go for *30 but 17*. I don't regret binge-watching this series. I cried so much more than I expected to. Maybe because I'm also having the intermission of my life right now. There were so many things in the drama that I was able to relate to. I'm almost 30 but I don't feel like a full-grown adult. It's indeed an uplifting drama which I'll be sure to watch again and again.
Also, I've seen Yang Sejong in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim and he was good there but I dropped Temperature of Love. I'd say this character is my fave so far. And he sort of resembles Yoon Shiyoon.

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Memories of Alhambra I’m loving this show. There are some shortcomings, I know, but I still love it. Now that HJ is in the game, I am even more pumped. My only big complaint is that I wish that had happened sooner. Also if Sang-vein were to meet an untimely demise, I would not be mad about it.

The Last Empresswhat everyone else said. it’s crazy and i’m all in. 🤩🤩

Encounter/BoyfriendIt’s gorgeous and sweet and i’m basically bored to death. But I’m sticking with it. I do like the dad, Mgr Nam and his subplot, and the whelks guy and Sec Jin.

The Crowmed Clown So incredible. Still haven’t decided if I’ll be watching this live or once I know some key spoilers, but either way I expect this to be one of the best shows I see this year.

Poong-sang I think i like this show. I’m intrigued anyway.

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ugh i wrote this all on my phone and i’m so very sorry for the typos 😟

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@mary, all that flirtiness outside the law office made my heart flutter but then I remembered how earlier Jin Yoo was bragging on Chi Yoo being his sister. *eww* I thought I solved the problem of them being together but up popped another problem. I figured that the step-sibling thing won't be a problem once her father finds out (for real, not a fake out) that his mother lost her on purpose, cause dad will divorce her! The real problem is they share a sibling. Speaking of Yi Yoo, her and Joo Chul are too cute together. If I can't get Jin Yoo and Chi Yoo couple, I'll settle for Yi Yoo and Joo Chul couple. But I really want Chi Yoo/JinYoo couple!!!

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CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW -- watching BTS scenes on repeat mode. They are just too sweet, way sweeter than the drama scenes LOL they're giving me toothache.

The show has been on hiatus for two weeks... I'm dying for the next episode.

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Me too!

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Glad to know I'm not the only one! There isn't as much hype about this show but I'm hooked! It's warm, lite and bubbly and the other currently-airing shows feel 'meh to me. (Edit: except Empress Dignity LOL)

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the BTS is what is keeping me alive. YKS and KYJ are so cute.

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The last empress - tried to explain to my friends what I'm watching. I don't think they got it.
I'm against Wang-Shik & Sunny's romance, just let them be comrades!

Sky Castle - I'm curious to find out how Dr Kang will react once he learns the truth. Or does he already know and is relieved everything has been taken care of? He's a smart man, he must have figured out the clues hye-na left.

I Live Alone- I loved na-rae's performance of Solo, she killed it! Looking forward to seeing si-yeon dressing up as Hwasa.

My daughter's men season 4- where do they find these dates? Production team need to send me details lol. I feel like the dates are more matched to each of the girls personality this season.

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The Last Empress: Too many crazy things happen in a short amount of time so no wonder it will be hard to explain XD
I don't buy WS and Sunny not because of the Emperor (if only he didn't kill people) but because I just don't find WS interesting as a character and I can't picture them together.

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Yes exactly,I'm having trouble picturing them together.I can't get past the scene where WS pushed Sunny off the cliff. I know it was on orders, but give a hint to her at least.

I always choose the wrong show to gush about to my friends, such as Pasta, Baking King Kim Tak Gu... In my defence, the bread-smelling scene was emotional, I cried so much watching that drama.

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I'll help you out: "It's Battle Royale but more like Battle Royal, people slap, poison and kill one another until one person left standing, and that person will be The Last Empress."
OR: "Lonely Murderous Emperor & Extreme-Makeover Bodyguard: a Love Story"

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On account of the flu, I had a lot of time this week so I decided to watch my strange hero. I watched the first 8 episodes but had to take a break cause I find it hard to watch Se Ho. I don’t find jealousy to be a convincing motivation. He comes off as cruel for cruelty’s sake. I get his upbringing but his victim mentality is off putting. I also find it hard to watch him abuse his power so I guess I’m putting this one on hold for now
I’m waiting to fast forward through MOA. I’m glad that Prof Cha is in the game now. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
SKY CASTLE is my week’s crown jewel. Honestly I’m a little worried about the extension but I want to put my trust in this team cause the show has been pretty consistent so far.
I’m sad about Hye Na’s death. The thought that came to mind was that she flew too close to the sun and tragically paid for it. She was vindictive but I sympathize with that childlike part of her that wanted a family.
I’m intrigued that Woo Joo is being accused of being the murderer. Did he really kill her or is he the scapegoat? His sadness at the hospital seemed sincere to me but if it was all an act, someone please give that kid an Oscar!
I’m also curious to see how much further into darkness Su Jin will go. I kept thinking of what a snake she is especially when she went to Jin Jin’s house. Putting aside that Jin Jin is an opportunist, I think she’s one of the more honest characters in this show. I hated seeing her be manipulated AGAIN by Su Jin. She needs to throw that whole friendship away.
Even though I have my misgivings about Su Jin, I don’t like that teacher Kim is succeeding at separating Ye Suh from her. Where’s the badass fierce mom???
Speaking of Ye Suh, am I the only one who low key wishes she’s the murderer? I feel like her character arc involves a spiral into madness so this would be a good catalyst.

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Children of Nobody: I'm so immersed in this drama, I feel so invested in it that I go quiet for a while after watching it. One more episode left.

Sky Castle: Brilliant!! The story, the acting, the soundtrack!

Memories of Alhambra: I enjoyed the last 2 episodes and excited about the upcoming ones. I decided not to read comments about it anymore and just go with the flow.

The Crowned Clown: I missed sagueks so much (My favourite is Six Flying Dragons) and excited that now we have a good one. I enjoyed the first 2 episodes, and I particularly loved the classical music in it.

The Rise of Phoenixes: one of the beanies recommended it, and I'm loving it!

The Last Empress: it continues to be crazy, it continues to be entertaining, and I will continue watching it.

I'm behind on My Strange Hero, it's boring me, and I dropped Priest.

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Have you watched Bloody Romance? It's - different - but once I got into it I love it. So would you rec'd Phoenixes? Because I tried and it was way too slow paced for me and I usually really like slow-pacing.

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I haven't watched Bloody Romance. But I am enjoying Phoenixes and it gets better after episode 20.

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I've been known to start a drama at ep 20. Bloody Romance, I've only watched bits and pieces of most of the episodes randomly here and there. Just from that it seems rather sadistic and even though some people explained why it was a "good" ending, I'm not so sure due to the nature of the drama. I still need to watch in a more linear fashion.

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My current watchlist has dwindled due to preemptions, lack of interest in the new offerings, and a possible drama funk.

This week I watched Memories of the Alhambra, and with my new mantra of keeping expectations low, I'm still somewhat engaged by the mystery of the game and why things have gone so terribly wrong. At this point I'll finish the series because I'm curious how this horrific glitch came about.

Poor Shin Dong-wook. He's had a rough ride over the years, and just when things were looking up, it appears his grandfather is something of an abusive jerk, and took to the media to air his grievances. Dang Jeum is Watching is in that stretch of, well, story stretching. Love triangles are irritating, but Shin Dong-wook doing a rap, and then later becoming Freddy Mercury--is a delight. Hopefully his having to pull out of the Lee Dong-wook drama will mean he can take an even better offer. Fighting SDW!

Finally, Shin Sun-Rok is literally killing it in An Empress's Dignity. Handsome, charming, murderous men are my fictional catnip, and SSR and his true love instant coffee are now in my hall of fame. Seriously, I could watch him all day.

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What I love about the writing for Shin Sun Rock's emperor is one minute you're rooting for him to have a redemption arc and then he ruins it by wanting to kill someone. And you're right, only Shin Sun rock could pull this off. Great casting.
Have you ever thought what if they don't fully explain how this horrific glitch came about? Heh, heh. I love almost every second of MoA. But don't even mention the ppl.

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I will be very angry if we don't get a really good explanation for the glitch.

I know SSR is very committed to his musical theater career, but since the likelihood of me making it to South Korea to see one of his productions (much less understand it) is pretty slim, I want him to take on more roles, in good dramas (I heard things about Return), and even take on a lead part. A nice smart rom-com would be perfect for his next drama turn. Maybe something he could use that amazing singing voice.

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Shin Sung Rok! My current bias. I want him as a lead too. He has too many 2nd lead roles for now. Its time for him to be a lead. Come om writernims and PDnims, cast him as a romcom lead~ he has done enough psycho roles hahahah

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Watching:

Boyfriend 😍
I love this show. It is classy, it is sweet, it is romantic and it has beautiful scenery, dialogs, lighting, costume, music and feelings. I am afraid though, one of them will die at the end. I don't know, I feel like... since they are subverting so many cliches of a typical love story and they have this fairy tale-ish aura, they will subvert as well the "happy ever after". Maybe our Bogummie has to die, and that is why he will forever be a boyfriend and nothing else?? A wonderful memory? The reason why CSH could change and be free from her prison?? I don't know... Maybe she will die!
Although most likely he will... He has more enemies right now😒
But anyway... I hope he doesn't. I hope, I still hope we will have a happy end.

Rewatching:
My Ajusshi
Until ep. 5 this week.
Boy, this show kills me. It is so good I even dream with Park Dong hoon and Lee Ji an. But I know I am not the only one. In a few bunch of parallel universes, I know their lives have already set free but together, and they yes, they got their happy ever after....

On hold:
mr. Sunshine
I think I am three or four episodes away to the end, and I don't want it to end. Please don't give me spoilers. I am just scared because I am afraid both Hina and Ae shil will die... In this case, I am afraid it will be the girls... and I don't want to see it.
But anyways.... meanwhile I listen to their beautiful OST almost everyday. Mr. Sunshine OST rocks. It is extremely good. I love 97% of the songs.

Plan to watch:
Whats wrong with mr. Pong (or whatever the name is).

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Boyfriend- this show is on repeat mode for me. I enjoy the acting by the leads and the subplots.

Clean with Passion for now - this is a real clean fun show but don't understand why there has been no episodes lately.

My Ahjussi - Finally done watching this phenomenal show. It lived up to my kdrama expectations and more.

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Clean with Passion for Now was pre-empted for two weeks because JTBC aired football match in those two weeks. Hopefully this coming Monday CWPFN is back, I miss them!

oh My Ajusshi, yess a phenomenal show, so welcome to the club, Real_noona :)

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Thanks 😊

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Watching:
BEST CHICKEN: It is a light version of the elements Wok of Love - - - a love triangle, a likeable neighborhood gang, and an underdog story line. So far it has a even character progression.
LIVER OR DIE: I agree this seems like a choppy weekender with too many initial story lines to keep track of; and some screaming hints of future problems. But the acting is very good.

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That makes a total of 2 beanies watching Best Chicken. Go us! 😂

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I'm currently addicting to "Empress Dignity" as I found it so ridiculously funny and entertaining with all crazy characters.

Watched the first episode of "Coffee Friends" where I found Yang Se-jong is truly a hardworker. When the handsome boss asked him, "What are you good at?", He answered: "Hard work!" Looking at Ho-jun kept grinding coffee beans, I can't imagine how his arms as people kept ordering manual coffee brew, LoL. Seeing him in CF with the same outfit as Wang Minam, LoL.

This week I also found myself re-watched "Come Rain, Come Shine." This movie is so quiet, and that's why I love it. Watching it for a few times made me feel like reading one of Murakami's short story. Later I checked, it was from a short story "The Cat Hasn't Returned", written by a Japanese writer. As expected, it's so familiar....

"Red Moon Blue Sun", I wonder why Kim Sun-ah didn't get Daesang. She deserved! She's not an actress who's playing Cha Woo-Kyung, because she's Cha Woo-kyung! The last episode was so mind-blowing with a lot secrets have been revealed.

What I love about "Encounter" in addition to its dialogue is that both Soo-hyun and Jin-Hyuk always come back.. They might fight or kept their distance, but it won't last long. Hope a good ending for their relationship. I'm curious what Woo-seok has been plotting.

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Upssss.. almost forgot "Sky Castle." Although haven't watched to the latest episode, can I add Yebin as my character favorite in addition to Madam Cha? She might be a little rebellious, but she is what she is. It might be so hard becoming her to be in her sister's shadow and was kept comparing in her whole life? Ye-suh is a brat! And I think Yebin likes Hye-na sincerely, and so does Hye-na. I can't imagine what will happen to Yebin if Hye-na is really dead?!

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My arms started to hurt just by watching them grind the coffee beans.

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He may go to get some massage after they close their store... Ji-woo & Sejong tried to help, but still Ho-jun is the one who can manually brew it...

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Tried new shows this week.
Crowned Clown: I like the acting and cast, the story needs to stay strong, lol
Lawyer Jo: Didn’t finish 1st Season either
Liver Die: Chaotic family, tears forecasted
Ming Lan: Current fav
Aristocrats: Old (‘99) 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇮🇪 series
Father is Strange: Slowly watching
On hold:Top Star until it’s done airing, Jeong Do Jeon

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My Strange Hero So many funny and moving moments this week. In Ho's lies came tumbling down around him, but the fallout was realistically and beautifully handled. That debate was ridiculous, but trust Teacher Park to be the voice of reason. Se Ho has deluded himself into thinking Soo-Jung is him with all that talk about making her loneliness go away. Poor sod.

Encounter It dawned on me sometime during episode 11 that, despite both men in her life fighting over who could protect her better, Soo-Hyun isn’t a damsel in distress. She brought a failing hotel chain to life (even global status) both in Korea and Cuba. Her mettle was just deeply buried during her marriage. Manager Nam told her father more or less the same thing, and SH proved it at the end of Ep 12. Gotta love that girl! My hopes keep rising for this show. It is so thoughtfully written, directed, and acted.

Story of Ming Lan How and why is this show so fabulous? It’s my current favorite.

Fates and Furies Looking forward to this week’s episodes after last week’s bombshells.

I also rewatched scenes from The Greatest Love on Netflix. Dokko Jin and Ding Dong—BFFs forever.

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Dokko Jin and his potato is gold!

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Agreed. Cha Seung Won was ridiculously phenomenal in this role. He basically had chemistry with everything and everyone!

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I'm watching The Greatest Love for the first time since it's on Netflix and Dokko Jin is so silly and ridiculous yet sweet and charming that watching him brings me pure joy while also managing to tug at my heartstrings in the shows more serious moments. Cha Seung Won and Gong Hyo Jin play hurt really well.

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ENCOUNTER/BOYFRIEND: it really is my happy place. I'm loving all of this drama! Hope there won't be too much angst now to change the mood of the show.

CHILDREN OF NOBODY: the best mystery I have ever seen. I didn't like a pair of things recently, I hope I won't be disappointed with the finale.

RECTIFY: an American show about a man that was sentenced to death, but that is released after 18 years, founding that the world has changed a lot meanwhile. Interesting, but heavy, I can't binge watching it.

MY AJUSSHI: episode 5 hooked me, I think the show has all the characteristics to become a favorite of mine.

THE CROWNED CLOWN: I liked the pilot and I want to continue watching.

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I loved Rectify! I agree that it's heavy and too much to binge. It's got great characters and lots of grey areas, though, which I love in a show. I have recommended this show some, but it's not for everyone so kind of pick and choose who I tell about it among my friends.

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Oh, I'm glad you loved it, @csmith! I'm going to start season two.
I like the fact, among other things, that we don't know yet if he is really the culprit, so we can see the world through his eyes without having prejudices or feeling pity.

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@carmen, please join @ally-le on her fan wall and as she and a few others are watching/re-watching My Ajusshi.

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Oh, sure! Thank you, @sadie!

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