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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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Coffee Friends: I can never say no to a Na PD show (try saying that five times fast). The show is already hugely influential–in my house. I’ve been eating tangerines left and right, and every episode leaves me craving some freshly made coffee and food. Coffee Friends is such a nice, relaxing show that helps me unwind after a busy day.

 

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SKY Castle: *wipes tears* what a good ending to a great show. At first it felt too wholesome to have all families find their happiness. It’s almost tonal whiplash compared to the Drama with a capital D throughout the whole show. But I think SKY Castle wanted to paint how absurdly obsessed most of us are with credentials and achievements then show us what’s possible if we step out of that high-pressure bubble. Besides, there was nothing fully over-the-top happy about each family’s ending: learning dance moves from your rebellious daughter, quitting a prestigious job and neighborhood, letting your son “find himself” in another country, or allowing your kid to skip night classes every now and then–if you think about it, they’re all simple joys. It’s almost tragic how the final episode looks like paradise to those of us who grew up afraid of letting go. So I don’t mind being shown what kind of happiness we can get if we unsubscribe to the unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves. Thank you, SKY Castle.

Kingdom: I’m used to people dying in sageuk. But a sageuk apocalypse? You bet I was 100x more worried about my precious side characters (Moo-young! Beom-pal! Young-shin!) in the middle of all those zombies and torture-happy ministers. That’s the only silver lining about the short first season, is that they have to save the gang to torture us with later. Soon. Maybe next week? Come on, Netflix. We’re waiting!

Coffee Friends: Sohn Ho-joon as a barista is peak swoon. And I don’t even drink coffee. The customers are definitely paid actors, right?! I mean, how can you actually eat French toast made by Yoo Yeon-seok, served by Choi Ji-woo on a plate washed by Yang Se-jong… all while sitting half a meter away from Ho-joon grinding coffee beans? It’s not possible to keep a straight face unless you’re a professional.

 

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What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang: It’s just too frustrating. There’s so much conflict, but there hasn’t been enough, if any, progression. On one hand, it’s nice that the problem isn’t necessarily about the siblings not appreciating their eldest brother. If anything, it’s clear that they love and respect him. The issue is actually Poong-sang. He’s over-compensating for their terrible parents and trying too hard to shield his younger siblings. It might have been a good idea when they were still children. But now, they are adults who haven’t been taught to learn from the consequences of their own mistakes. What makes it worse is that Poong-sang is hiding things from his siblings as well. He’s trying to protect them, but, again, they are adults and not knowing the truth is now causing them more harm than good. I’m not fully caught up on the episodes, but I’m not sure if I will continue. It’s a shame, because Yoo Joon-sang is doing a fantastic job in playing Poong-sang.

An Empress’s Dignity: See, this drama is similarly loaded with conflict, but it’s makjang done right. As many people have already said, the story is bananas yet so addictive. I confess I have fallen into the trap that is Shin Sung-rok’s Lee Hyuk. Even if he is in the clear regarding his first wife’s death, it doesn’t actually excuse him of his anger issues and mistreatment of the people in his life. But, when he’s in rom-com mode with Sunny… It’s like I have a memory relapse…

Coffee Friends: I really like it! It’s a quiet watch, but the group dynamics are a lot of fun. I love how they’ve had to recruit help from celebrity friends and the new additions are put straight to work with dishwashing. Then the previous dishwasher is “graduated” to other duties. I don’t know how many episodes are planned, but I would willingly watch Yoo Yeon-seok and Sohn Ho-joon banter for hours on end.

 
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Kingdom: 6/10 All that fuss for just 6 (relatively short) episodes? :( And they didn't do much except lay groundwork for season 2 😠😠😠😡😡😡 High budget, but story is just meh. Not horrible, but disappointing from the writer of Signal, and likely to get my vote for most over-rated / disappointing show of the year.

Romance Is A Bonus Book: 7.5/10 Fun, but parts are depressing, especially the job-hunting. Thank goodness I'm old enough to never have to worry about doing that again.

Less than Evil: 9/10 for the week, 8/10 for the series. Writers & female lead don't have much history, but this could be huge career-boost. Good title, btw.

My Strange Hero: 7.5/10 Sappy but effective this week.

An Empress's Dignity / Last Empress: 9/10

Spring Turns to Spring: 8.5/10 People get so impressed when an actor plays 2 roles, this show has two actresses doing that, brilliantly. Might be better to binge it because the body swaps could get confusing. Not that I plan to follow my advice. The lame CIA guys and the Two Stooges drag down the score.

Crowned Clown: 6/10 Ought to be good, but... Day 7: the king is too much of a jerk and too hard to believe. Day 8: my opinion may be unpopular, but I'm glad he's gone. If he's gone.

The Man in the Iron Mask: 1978 movie with Richard Chamberlain. The original movie rated a 9/10, but the internet had mediocre sound & picture quality and only rates a 6. Still inspires wishful thinking re Crowned Clown.

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Less than Evil: I really hope Lee Seol (female lead) will be cast in an interesting project soon. If you're interested, she was in "After the Rain", a KBS Drama special alongside Kim Kang Woo, prior to this drama.

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She was very good in After the rain, a character totally opposite of her one in Less than Evil.
I had major crush on her acting while watching her in Less than Evil, the recommendations of beanies lead me to watch her KBS special and i don't regret it.
I want to see more of her on my screen: so hopefully she will land a new lead role soon.

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I may be the only one to agree with you on Kingdom. It fell short of expectations because it was well..Too short. Too much hype for too little satisfaction.

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I love the gripping storytelling, but not thrilled with the multi-season format, especially with such prolonged break between seasons. I don't think production has even started for season 2.

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It's just begun, I believe.
Don't get me wrong haha - I loved the show, but honestly this was just the set up as Lord Cobol says.

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It has started. Bae Doona has posted on IG.

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Yay!! I gotta find out if they will build a bigger wall to defend against the White Walkers since winter is coming!!! (😅 I couldn't NOT think of Game of Throne at the end of episode 6)

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Originally it was 8 ep: they filmed content for 8 ep and had to edit and cut a lot of scenes to keep it 6 ep.
The decision to make a second season definitely weighed on the production of season one.

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Yeah, I definitely felt it was too short. I didn't dislike it but just when I started to get into it … Cliffhanger.

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me too.. i was actually bored. and ff majority of it.. maybe even watching only the zombie parts

plus i can't stress the first hand impact of first mover advantage.. rampant isn't even a good movie.. but they literally played this concept and i can expect the "twists" or see the plot from miles away which zaps the fun out of everything..

next time someone plans to produce something, they shouldn't announce to the world what their idea is.. else someone else will make a mediocre movie out of it and release it earlier

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It was supposed to be 8 episodes but the cost of doing zombie makeup AND historical at the same time blew the budget. They ended up with 6 eps now and an agreement for a 2nd season. I do wish Netflix had just thrown all the money at them at once and done 12-13 eps from the start but it was a learning experience.

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Agree about the CIA and Stooges, who are just flat out horrible by the way. Take them away next week and makes us forget about them because we will never ask about them again.

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I'm now watching Spring... and you are so right!!! BOTH actresses are brilliant!!!
(And yes, you are unfortunately also right about the Two Stooges.)

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On "Romance is a Bonus Book"- remember that the purpose of the first two episodes is to paint the scene and provide background (which is certainly depressing). The story has really only just barely begun at the end of the second episode.

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I paused my current watching list and finished some dramas instead.

I finished "Dae Jang Geum is Watching" first and yeah, you all were right, the love triangle was more annoying than amusing and I heavily used my speed up button during those few episodes. However, I'm glad I didn't skip it entirely, as I then didn't miss some cute scenes... like Min Hyuk's etui full of cotton rolls for his nose bleeding girlfriend... or singing Freddy 😁

I wish they skipped the love triangle completely (and sticked to the original 12 episodes... unless that was some announcement glitch), because all the rest was great and I enjoyed all the characters and all the comedy... and all that cooking and eating (even Jin Mi's convenience store recipes looked yamie... 😊).

And then I finished Boyfriend... and I actually don't know what to say about it. On one hand I liked majority of the characters and the slower contemplative flow... on the other hand I somehow expected more from the story? Like everyone talked about the hardships but we actually haven't seen too many of them (or they were sort of mildish or childish - like just one cliche talk at the school reunion and the cliche police station visit afterwards). And I definitely expected more story for the ex-husband... but that's probably my Jang Seung Jo bias talking 😁😁😁.

Now Cleaner and Boksoo left for the next week 🙂

Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate and hopefully there will be some time for dramawatching among all those celebrations 😉🙂

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Jin Mi and Minhyuk's loveline is the next best thing in Dae Jang Geum is Watching after Shin Dong Wook's funny scenes :D

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I also liked the cosplay chief lady... 😂😂😂

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Oh that's right ! She grew on me and her romance was funny too XD

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I agree with you about the love triangle in "Dae Jang Geum is Watching". It was actually almost painful- and really hurt the show. And it was unnecessary. A 12 episode show with out it would have been a gem. It was actually very good otherwise (food porn, poems and all). It would have made for a better pure comedy- it really was not intended to be a rom-com- but someone made a mistake and tried to turn it into one. What a pity.

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Completely agree, it hurt the show.

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- Completed -

Less Than Evil: The scene with Reporter Eun and Woo Tae Seok on the bridge was anticlimatic. The drama could've done so much more with them (and the whole cast). But it decided to follow the detective and his team's solving crimes after the death of the psycopath instead of exploring in depth a psycopath and a detective's relationship.

Sachiiro no One Room: I expected a bad ending for Sachi or Onii-san and even if they can't be together I'm glad that the drama left us with a hopeful ending.

SKY Castle: I loved it from start to finish ! Even with the last scene with the new neighbour showing us that there are people thinking like SKY Castle people at the beginning of the drama.

- Currently watching -

Band of Sisters: ep 12. I'm finding my (quiet) pace in the multiple intrigues and characters. I think the bad digs will be exposed quite soon or at least the good guys will have more evidence.

Clean With Passion For Now: Arrgh angst my old friend was present this week ! Judging from ep 15's last scene, they might go for an ellipse to show the main couple back together.

The Crowned Clown: It is impossible not to fall for the Queen ! My love for her was certified this week during her scenes with the Original king. The very last scene on the beach was heartwrecking... but how could they have an emperor who serves his country if the Original King came back ?

The Last Empress: I loved watching Empress Dowager getting ridiculized HAHA The Emperor And are we adding one more dead person ?

Like A Flowing River: ep 3. I know that the economical situation doesn't call for a confortable marreid life but the mother could try to understand her son and his girlfriend.

Liver or Die: We finally got the confirmation that Poong Sang has liver cancer. I want him to tell his siblings so they will realise what he represents for them. And I hope he and his wife will divorce because she has had enough (and I totally understand !). The doctor sister's wedding doesn't feel right. The way it was brought up, the reason behind and how it happened out of nowhere makes it a marriage only to save her reputation and not out of love. I find it sad that it was the only solution she found to save her reputation.

My Strange Hero: God Soo Jung <3 Next, Se Ho is trying to pay for what he did and I'm proud of him and his redemption.

Romance is a Bonus Book: I'm actually waiting for the office hijinks and to see how this show will handle the publishing company.

Spring Turns to Spring: I'm as confused as the two women with the body swaps effect. Going from side effects to a lifetime change is hard to grasp and I still can't understand how it works.

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Oops there'S a typo. I'm on episode 30 of Like A Flowing River, not on episode 3 XD

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And yes to Coffee Friends comments! This show is so positive and soothing... I even tried the egg toasts at home... with some whiskey jam I found in the fridge 😁

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i need to start watching this!

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Yes yes. Its pleasing to watch. Everyone is so nice. And since its not much about profit, they seem to be more at ease compared to Youn's Kitchen~

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where do you watch this? Not available on viki

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Have I mentioned that I’m rewatching Faith? 😉🙃

Other than that, The Last Empress is all I’m caught up with. I love it so much. I’m on team Cheon Woo-bin, but I still find SSR’s cute scenes altogether disarming.

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😆 Hahaha "disarming" oneself around His Royal Hotness is probably not advisable. He got guns!! Lots of them!!!

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The Last Empress : Hyuk. And more Hyuk #sorrynotsorry

SKY Castle : Congrats to the cast and crew, the drama ended on a high.

Liar Game : started this because of Hyuk SSR. Haha

Coffee Friends : so much cuteness in a coffee shop. The cast and the food/drinks they make are equally eyecandy. Hopefully a lot more friends get dragged to join their good deed hehe.

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And i fast forward through Liver or Die. I still dont understand why Jungsang chose to marry that guy. And i wanted more Song Jung Ho, but he was not seen much huhu

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I liked SSR a lot in Liar Game...

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You have captured the public sentiment:
#hyuk&morehyuk

I am already clamoring for Season 2:
#2makjang2furious

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I want a season 2 where Hyuk is still the emperor trying to make amends and be more friendly with the public. I imagine his awkwardness in social interactions would be fun for us to watch. Or maybe he turns a new leaf and be Emperor by day, superhero by night, with two guns and a long coat.

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Hahahaha love it! I will go full throttle on K-drama crack:
Hyuk falls into disgrace due to his transgressions in season 1. His dethronement means he now has many areubaiteu jobs.......a taekwondo instructor (more graphic sequence please!), jjajangmyun delivery guy, and most ironically for his night shift a janitor in a pottery studio where he has to sweep up pieces of broken vases all day. Hyuk nevertheless keeps up his cheerful (i.e. candy) attitude because his ex-empress performs next door each evening now as a successful musical theater actor.

Season 2 is about how he finally learns what it means to be human and grows his capacity to love himself and ultimately others around him.

Wang-sik? He grew his hair out and went back into the woods so not appearing in season 2.

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Yeah, Wang Sik, please stay in the woods. Or, maybe get a head transplant - Lee hyuk's head and face on Wang sik's body, that way, Sunny can have both men in her life.

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That would work for me - but Princess Ari definitely would HAVE to be in season 2!

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@stpauligurl, for sure. Princess Ari is the last empress after all!!

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I want him to end up with Sunny. Why are they giving him all the heart tugging scenes and making him twist our insides if he's going to be discarded? When he finds out that he's been duped by his wife and his best friend, he's going to be so devastated. I don't think he'll go on a rampage. I think he'll break.
😢😢😢😢
Right now, I watch for all his scenes, and when they show other scenes, I'm like hey, where's Hyuk? Oh, and that Yoon is so annoying, he's so useless, and serves no purpose other than make promises he cannot keep and make grand entrances and exits.

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Hear hear, @yyishere!
Writer-nim keeps pushing the envelope of what makjang means, and perhaps this all leads to an experimentation of how much we viewers are willing to self-induce amnesia to forgive all of Hyuk's transgressions and root for Hyuk/Sunny pairing. I mean, come on, his hair is now down for god sake!! Writer-nim must be leading him on his path of redemption, otherwise it is all a very, very, very cruel joke.

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Oh, and Mary, finally all is revealed in Healing Love and I doubt that this time the Mom will manage to wriggle out of it! Though I'm a bit sad that Yun Jung Hoon's smiles disappeared too 😢 He is so heartbroken... 😢😢😢

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They're doing well with his character. That reveal about why he doesn't want kids. T___T

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Oh, I meant Yeon Jung Hoon... the acors' names are so similar and I'm soooo bad with names... 😔
But you are right...

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Oh! Sorry! No, you didn't spell wrong, there's just a lot of different ways the names are romanized and I got confused too.

Plus I didn't see sad Jin-yoo yet. I sort of stopped halfway this week because I couldn't take the loss of his happy smiles. Butttt I'll soldier on because this is something we have to go through for the OTP to be together. Haha... they can't remain fauxcest forever. Not with his Secretary friend bursting to spill to Chi-yoo about Jin-yoo's first love.

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LOL all three minions who chimed in this week are watching Coffee Friends :D

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Hi @mary. As I drink my Saturday morning (here) coffee I think I am getting drawn to COFFEE FRIENDS. I think it will be a nice balance to some of the heavy viewing coming my way.
I am kind of late to the game and not familiar with Son Ho-jun’s work at all. However I was reading the News thread on his upcoming THE LIGHT IN YOUR EYES and watched a couple of trailers in which he is very funny. It is not my favorite genre but I will check it out because of his role.

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You haven't watched Go Back Spouses? It's awesome and heartwarming! Try it when you have time. :)

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GBS looks really good and 12 episodes is a plus. I will have to work it in.
I knew I was watching other stuff when GBS originally aired so to jog my memory I took a look at the ratings report for Oct. 9-25, 2017. Ugh. I still had not adopted “dropped” into my vocabulary and I was plodding through both HOSPITAL SHIP and TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. A big mistake. I should have been watching GBS. Thanks for the recommendation.

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I was finishing those two shows as well! Yang Se-jong’s character was the only one I still liked at the end. Time to try GBC now. Thanks @mary

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this show is too GOOD!! Okay thanks to the toast, yoo yeon seok and jo jae yoon omg he's so funny! I love the entire coffee friends

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I agree with your comments -- I couldn't sit there and eat with these actors and not be a hyperventilating, blubbering mess. And stroopwafel, it's sometimes relaxing, but when HoJoon's bread goes wrong or 9 customers come in at once, or 4 people in a row order a hand drip, I feel the stress of food service once again (I used to work at a coffee shop). I still can't stop watching, though.

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My Strange Hero: I jumped back in and am liking this drama more than expected. I was thinking it would be major flashbacks and it's actually fine. Still way behind though.

Fate and Furies: So I liked the initial 10 or so episodes and then the gal started being stupid. I mean there is a signature of someone she thinks did something really bad and isn't it super convenient that she works 10 feet away so she can verify it's not forged.....no, no she can't do that because it would make sense. Hasn't this woman ever seen a chaebol family drama before? I ended up reading the synopsis of what occurs each episode on Kocowa and skipping around 7 episodes until she figures out she's been had and jumped back in. It works for me.

Story of MingLan: They were verging on making the main character too perfect but I think the couples' issues show the flaws of both characters which actually worked quite well for me. One of my favorite moments from the last episode is the 2nd lead's father saying basically that he realized you can guide your kid well and they will still insist on learning so much the hard way. I have two teenagers so I felt his pain.

I keep saying I'm jumping back in to An Empress's Dignity and run out of time so since I have no interest in the Super Bowl this year, I have planned my binge at that time.

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Story of Minglan is my favorite currently airing show! I am delighted how the Minglan and Gu Tingye keep developing as individuals and grow together as a couple. I want to see much Qi Heng though just because I love the actor Zhu Yilong but understand that his character is much less integral in the second half of the show.

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I'm loving it too!
I'm still on episode 31, but so far I'm happy with the changes of the Male Lead, and how they are writing his story. I've also enjoyed how their relationship is developing little by little, when in different circunstances they get to know more about each other. Can't wait to see how it will all develop to their marriage :)

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I know many people might get scared by the long episode count, but for me Story of Minglan is like reading a wonderful epic novel (despite the comparatively smallness of its setting focusing on families) that the 740 pages just means 740 increments of pleasure.

I was scratching my head in the beginning wondering how I would ever wholeheartedly rooting for Gu Tingye to be with Minglan but when they are together, there is nothing more natural and sensical. And because the storytelling is in such capable hands the dozens of episodes portraying their realistic and organic growths separately makes the union so emotionally satisfying.

The marriage is so wonderful that it almost feels like fan fiction. I would watch this OTP unitedly fighting together whatever comes in their way for the rest of my life. The mother-in-law says it best -Tingye's offense and Minglan's defense makes them formidable foes as an ironclad team. There is a lot at stake, but I feel so reassured watching them together.

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Same, I'm still in love with MING LAN and we have all kinds of interesting and well developed female characters. Even when they are not on screen, they are still in the back of my mind.

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"well developed female characters"....I know some complain about the first 15 episodes and all the talk talk talk but through these early episodes, we learn about everyone in the Sheng household and those that are around them. It makes the later episodes so much more full filling because we understand exactly why these people are the way they are.

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I was getting a little impatient waiting for a strong Ming Lan to emerge and blossom in the first dozen episodes but in hindsight it is all part of how she manages to survive and in the end conquer. Oh yes, each character is drawn with so much dimension that you love them, love to hate them, and always are able to understand them.

This is one drama that I really appreciate having a firm grasp of the Chinese language because the script is really beautifully written and I savor all the wonderful turn of phrases which probably prevented from feeling that it is excessively dialogue driven. But then again, character dramas often are dialogue heavy so I suspect some viewers who have that complaint did not have the right drama lens on.

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Yes, it is not for everyone. I notice people who drop, generally are dropping early. I can't imagine anyone dropping post episode 20 but, at this point, I'm totally biased.

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You too are watching MingLan! Yaay! And it’s your current favorite! Double yaaaay!!! I love the drama. <3
I need to catch up though coz adorable Sang Sang and Ever Night distracted me for a bit.

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I am at that stage of drama love that I am pacing myself because I don't want to run out of episodes to watch!! Crazy talk for a show that is 74 episodes long, right @giegie0384?

Would you recommend watching Ever Night? I watched the first couple episodes and liked it (what awesome fight scenes!) but hesitated after reading that Ning Que was wishy washy (or perhaps unaware) about his feeling toward the awesome Sang Sang and it took many episodes before he came around.

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I ran out of Ming Lan episodes and there wasn't one today 😭😭😭

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I'm addicted to Minglan that I find myself looking up previews to find out more. Currently at episode 59 and still going strong.
I started Legend of Hao Lan too coz there's just not enough Ming Lan episodes to watch daily and I need something to help stop me from rewatching previews like umpteenth time =p

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I keep telling myself to pace on watching Minglan and keep to the Web version but it's just too addicted and I keep finding myself looking up the TV version whenever I'm done with the day's episode so I can watch a few minutes more =p
Legend of Hao Lan is okay. Not as good but still entertaining.
Finally dropped Clean With Passion For Now and My Strange Hero even though I've watched 13 episodes coz can foresee the endings. Dropped Crowned Clown after episode 6. Just my differing tastes.

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Watching Last Empress and Romance is a Bonus Book. Finished Sky Castle. Too few Korean dramas I'm interested in recently.
Anyone watched Hua Buqi? Is it worth watching?

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@kimbapnoona I only started Ever Night because I ran out of MingLan episodes to watch. Watching raw eps and stalking the kind tranlator on fastdrama became frustrating so I had to watch something else to distract me while waiting for the new subbed eps. The struggle is real. :D

I’m only watching Ever Night for the pretty shots/sceneries, epic and well-executed fight scenes (awesome fight scenes, yup!) and adorable Sang Sang and his sometimes idiot master Ning Que. I don’t think he’s wishy washy though, because according to him love does not even exist in his vocabulary. Or so he thinks. Because the way he treats and cares for Sang Sang speaks otherwise. She is his life after all. But he’s 18 and 5-6 yrs older than Sang Sang, so that could also be the reason why he’s ignoring/not aknowledging his romantic feelings towards her. She is still too young in his eyes. If you liked the first two eps then I think you’ll like drama. I’m still at episode 38 but story-wise it’s so-so. Good enough drama to entertain you while you wait for new MingLan eps (and in my case, as well as Ariel Lin’s drama I will never let you go :D).

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I'm glad someone mentioned this, as I put it on my "following" list because it sounded interesting. I'm happy to hear so many are enjoying it, and look forward to watching it.

Ever Night also caught my eye. Does anyone have an opinion about whether it's worth the considerable time it's going to take to watch that long of a series?

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What to think about Fates and Furies/Fate and Fury? It peaked at Ep. 17-20 and has been wasting its cast for weeks. Does this show need to be 20 hours? 12 or 16 might have served it better.

Characters are improbably gullible and hasty as well. My God, has Hye Ra never seen a Bond film? If you're gonna monologue your reasons for betraying someone, do it while they're conscious—you might learn something!

I sort of hate myself for being unable to drop the show. At the very least I'm hoping the last four hours deliver great scenes with the brilliant, bitchy Cha Soo Hyun falling in love with her daughter.

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Yes, I'm a bit disappointed because I liked the whole vibe at the beginning. It absolutely could have been a solid 16 episode drama so my answer is, no, it didn't have to be 20 episodes. I think what I skipped was the filler. Hye Ra is too clueless, the guy is too innocent (though not now I guess). I will say I am invested in seeing how the daughter-in-law finally has a throw down. The girl has got something cooking.

I like Cha Soon Hyun in relation to her daughter and her ex, but it bugs me they still presented the 2nd female lead as someone obsessive about a dude who could not care less for her. And she knew it all along. Why blame anyone but your parents for an arranged marriage?

So, yep, I'm in it til the end but have no regrets on the episodes I skipped.

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Just saw Eps. 33-36 and found them compelling. I made a point of completely ignoring the Kocowa summaries which are often spoilery. Actually looking forward to next week—and not just to get it over with.😉

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Bad Detective- I wish the leads had paired up to solve cases. She could use her journalistic prowess where he couldn't reach legally, and they explored the pros and cons of working together. Not just the few glimpses of it we got.

Kingdom- The story is fast paced, the visuals are amazing and that cliffhanger!

Sky Castle - The last episode felt too self indulgent to me. Like everybody had a personality transplant or something! I know, they were changing from before, but still seeing all the characters behave ‘normally’ was a bit surprising to watch.

I still don’t completely understand the coach’s motivations. Was she trying to teach them a lesson for pushing their kids too far? Was she living vicariously through the other kid’s achievements? Was she getting some sadistic pleasure from ruining families? But I agree that the parents had an equal hand in ruining their families.

But I’ll always wonder if Joon sang would’ve changed if he never came to know hye na was his daughter. Or she wasn’t his daughter, just a rival to yeh suh. Also, like coach kim said, I don’t think suh jin would’ve reported to the police if yeh suh didn’t have a breakdown. So things fell in place too easily, but even I would be unhappy without the ending that we got.

The Gifted - It's a thai series about a school which has its students divided into classes based on their grades and a group of special students who are selected based on an exam. Sounds pretty standard( or maybe I'm not explaining properly), but it does a good job of depicting the education system and the pressures that come with it.

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I agree with you about the last episode of Sky Castle, but I think the drama had issues with consistent characterization and character development in general. Most of the characters were pretty terrible on a basic human level (for much of the show, anyway). I think it would have been easier to accept the ending if we had seen greater potential for kindness earlier on. However, some of their attitudes about people, success, life, etc., would take years to change. This is particularly true of Professor Cha and most of the Kang family.

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Coffee Friends: I love the friends could raise more donation.. The new menu looked so mouth-watering. Because of this show, I made several batches of tangerine honey syrup and toast! If the cafe is close, I'll got there and want to sit there for quite a while, drinking Ho-jun's manual brew, having Yeon-sook's toast, and reading my book. After had watched several shows from Na PD, I'd thought Na PD himself is a foodie.. and I love how most of his shows include foods as the highlight. The show I believe has turned a "clueless" farmer and cook Teacyeon to be able to be a good farmer and not too bad cook.

Sky Castle: the ending had me snorting and bawling. I'm happy the writer didn't forget every character, no matter how small they're. I'm happy that someone has took care of Kay while Coach Kim was in jail. But I agree what Prof. Woo has said, "We can't change the education system (in Korea), but we can love our kids as much as we can...." with the ending twist at the end when the new neighbour knocked Su-lim's door and the bank VVIP gathering with a glimpse of Coach Kim.

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Top Star Yoo Baek: A cute, fun, sweet, and heart-warming ending. This drama is such a happy pill for me. Hopefully Touch Your Heart will run in the same vein, breezy and enjoyable.

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Ok, now I need to go back to this show!

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Top Star is such a delight and breezy watch! Love the cast and the island. Also, fan’s translation of KJS in yesterday’s Open Thread is a great read.

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Loved "Top Star" especially since we now have good subs on Subscene. The beautiful location scenes were great. Jeon So Min always seem to have great chemistry with her male leads; Now I'm a fan of Kim Ji Suk!

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Glad to hear good subs are available! Gotta get back to this show. ^^

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I did silent squee several times unabashedly watching this Touch Your Heart trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sdq9d3aN3g

Watching this trailer on YT leads to clips of Reaper/Sunny scenes which I have never seen before since I dropped Goblin during the first half of the show. Now expectation for the pairing is even higher!!

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The Crowned Clown:
They certainly tricked us with the last scene the previous week: I thought the Queen would have found out about the clown right there and then! However, I don’t think the killing of the real king was a fakeout given that his brother was killed by the same poison. This week, the drama showed us again that it didn’t really need the two other factions in the palace: when you got a character like Lee Kyu who will kill unabashedly and still feel righteous, I think all of us will feel terrified for the idealistic Ha Sun. (Ironically speaking though it was Dal Rae that set the real King on his path to death)

4 shows to catch up during the Chinese New Year holidays:
- Hoping that Clean With Passion for Now and My Strange Hero will have decent endings.
- Don’t have good feelings about An Empress’s Dignity’s extension since the makjang is starting to become draggy
- Spring Must Be Coming is turning out to be a surprise winner in my book. It’s not the usual body swap we’re used to seeing in dramas and though the setup is filled with some cliches, I’m interested enough in the execution to continue watching

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Re CROWNED CLOWN. That is a good point that could be lost. Once Yi Heon was sprung that probably started the clock ticking leading to his demise. Dal-Rae only saw her brother when she saw Yi Heon locked up.

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Everybody, relax!
King is not really dead.
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Just a zombie.
Oh wait, wrong show :)

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LOL. Thanks.

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🤣 I had trouble keeping all the prime ministers straight watching The Crowned Clown the day after binging Kingdom! And when Ha Sun was in the forrest I kept thinking that zombies will emerge since it is dark! 😭

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I am continually mixing them up in my mind!

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Hi Beanies! I’ve upgraded some technology so I’m on DB to see if I can now scroll down and comment. I was watching Memories of the Alhambra but I’ve parked it for now (halfway through ep 11) and I’m currently watching Chinese drama The Story of Ming Lan. It has a great cast and a very natural feel and sometimes makes me think of a Jane Austen novel. I’ve caught up (ep 58) so now I have to wait to find out if and when that toxic mother-in-law gets her comeuppance. Coffee Friends sounds fun - where can I watch it?

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You’re back! I’ve missed you! I’d watch Coffee friends too if it was on something easily accessible. I just know it’s not of VIKI or Netflix which are my go-to’s.

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Hi @ally-le How’s life? Are you still watching Goblin with your group of good friends? I watched Youn’s kitchen s2 and Seaside ranch last year which were both on Viki - so relaxing and plenty of cooking tips.

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Re COFFEE FRIENDS you might try here:
https://www1.ondramanice.tv/drama/coffee-friends-detail

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Thanks for the tip @marcusnyc20. I watched the first half of ep 1 last night. Just stir for 50 minutes! Hahaha. I could almost smell the bread and coffee too.

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I also watched and enjoyed episode one last night (and realized is was tvN epsodic length).
Other than Yang Se-jong (maknae of the crew) I am unfamiliar with the other 3 leads.
It was a lot of fun. I thought later, “why make things so complicated?” The jam takes 50 minutes of continuous stirring! The drip coffee that is individually ground.
You can tell these guys are not professional but that is the charm of it and A+ for effort.
Lol. There are probably 3 lawyers at the end of the path with release forms for customers to sign. I am looking forward to the next episodes. I believe there are 10 in all.

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Yes TvN length! That’s why I only managed half. Chef and barista were in Answer Me 1995 together and I think I’ve seen the actress in Women with a suitcase. I love that Yang Se-jong was in a baggy jumper and woolly hat. In Youn’s kitchen 2 they had a sign outside the restaurant (with the menu) which explained it was a Korean tv show.

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That jam looks so good.

Son Ho Jun is the most familiar to me from loving his last two dramas. His co -host is new to me.

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What has Ho-jun been in recently @bcampbell1662 ? Yoo Yeon-seok was in Mr Sunshine hence Na PD’s shots of him in character.

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@vannerie 2018 he was in My Secret Terrius. Not the lead but a fun character. And then Go Back Spouses in 2017. So not too recent but it was lovely and parts have stuck with me.

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@vannerie GO BACK SPOUSES receives a nice recommendation from @mary above in comment #8.

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Thanks for reminding me about Go Back Spouses @bcampbell1662 and @marcusnyc20 It had slipped down the list but I remember it got a lot of love from Beanies when it was airing.

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The female characters in Story of Minglan definitely gives me the Jane Austen feel. Minglan's quiet resolve speaks Anne Elliot to me. The big mother certainly has the silliness of Mrs. Bennet and her sisters remind me of Jane and Lydia Bennet. We certainly have multiple iterations of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's and healthy helping of condescension against class and status.

The male characters are more Brontë-esque for me. Gu Tinye has a tormented past like Heathcliff and Qi Heng's has a little shred of Edgar Linton(?).

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Just when I thought I was cleaning up my to watch list. *sigh*

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Haha, you are welcome. To that I say that the only reason to clean up the watch list is so you can make room for others, @bcampbell1662!

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Same. I keep bumping into the discussion about this drama, and honestly the production company should hire Beanies to market it. Austenesque? I'm in.

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Yep. It’s a real dilemma but on the other hand it’s nice to have a list of things you want to watch. I don’t think I’ve finished a Korean drama since 100 day prince. I’m thinking of re-watching stuff instead.

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So totally! Persuasion is my 2nd fave Jane Austen novel. Qi Heng reminds me of Edmund from Mansfield Park. I liked him when I first read the book. He was so kind to Fanny. But when I read it at an older age, I could see that he was really stiff and sort of has a stick up his butt, though still a very nice guy.

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Qi Heng is totally Edmund, @asianromance! Thank you. My feeling toward Edmund is exactly like yours. I appreciated his kindness and liked him well enough when I was young, but older I could never fully embrace his righteousness and inflexibility. I wish Austen gave Edmund an awesome growth arc like Darcy did.

Persuasion is also my 2nd favorite Austen novel. In some ways, parts of Minglan's father remind me of Sir Walter Elliot -shallow and displays no good judgement of character. He rather keeps up appearances and peace in the household than anything.

Have you seen the 1995 film adaptation? I love how intimate it feels, and it is just so true to the spirit of Austen's work.

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Of course, I've seen the 1995 adaptation! When I first picked it up, I was a little disappointed that the actors were 10 years older than the book characters. But they did a fantastic job and the adaptation really captured the feel of the book.

Ming Lan's dad does seem very Sir Walter Elliot-ish. Like Sir Walter, he often overlooks the intelligence of his quiet, younger daughter.

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Yes the Bennett family, definitely (including the father who ignores what he doesn’t want to deal with) and a dash of Sense and Sensibility there too, I thought. Granny is one of my all time favourite characters.💝 I’m not sure about GTY - I’ll give it more thought.

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Woooo in what way do you see Sense and Sensibility in Ming Lan? Love to hear it, @vannerie!

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Ah. Okay. I was already thinking Austen so GTY made me think of Edward Ferrars and his entanglement with Lucy Steele. Edward honourably refuses to break off the engagement and is disinherited. Quite a lot of other similarities as with her other novels.

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Big Ma'am bragging to Qi's mother the princess about her daughters marriages and their husband's wealth reminds me of Mrs Bennet.
There is a lot more and I love the feels of an old school historical dramas done right.

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I do love that in this show the noble class does see value in education for their girls and that Minglan and her sisters actually get to be under the same tutelage as the sons in the family for years even if the objective is to make them more equally matched intellectually with their future suitors.

Story of Minglan: The Austen-esque Chinese comedy of manners with a dash of vengeance

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Thanks @korfan! I bet everyone has levelled up a few more times by now. What’s good to watch at the moment?

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@vannerie Regarding shows, there seems to be a little something for everyone. SKY Castle just ended this weekend and it was fantastic! The Last Empress is certainly lots of fun and many of our fellow Beanies are also enjoying The Crowned Clown. Then there are a few others that just started. I hope you will find something to watch and enjoy! :)

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Thanks. Sky Castle seemed to be getting a lot of love so I may give that a try. I need to go back and finish Memories of the Alhambra first, though.

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The Crowned Clown Ep. 8: my brain turned to mush at the ending. 🤯🤯
Bok Soo is Back! Ep 15 /b>: the last few episodes have been good. Looking forward to the final episode on Monday. 😎
Best Chicken Ep. 9-10: c’mon give the OTP a break! They barely had 5 minutes of happiness after the heroine finally confessed her wrongdoings. Yay for character development though. 👏🏻🍗
Top Star Yoo Baek Ep. 8: I lost interest due to the long wait for episodes. I even downloaded episodes 9-11 but I can’t force myself to watch them. Maybe I will binge it later. 🏄🏻‍♂️😔

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Would you recommend giving Best Chicken a try?

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Yes (with reservations because it hasn’t finished yet). It’s nothing extraordinary but it’s better than Rich Man, Poor Woman. I’ve read comments criticising the female lead and her friends, but IMO they act like normal, selfish people and are the most interesting characters.

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Better than RMPW? Hahaha strong endorsement indeed! 😆
Thanks Toki! I will put it on my list and watch it when I want something easy to swallow.

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CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW -- After stuffing my eyes with stars, hearteu, apples and candy, someone starts cutting tonnes of onions!! How contrast is Tuesday episode from Monday and last week. The rollercoaster is diving deep and my heart is broken into pieces. How cruel is life towards Seon-Gyeol! After being born without father and separated from his mothers, raised by a nanny, forced to live abroad, after returning he's been deceived by the the person he trust... and found out his "success" is conspired by grandpa. It's so heartwrenching seeing Seon-Gyeol giving in to Oh-Sol' requests. His only love, the only peraon who understood him. He gives in but I hope he doesn't give up.

But now he's back to his old self.. and the goodbye.. I bawled. I watch this drama to entertain my tired soul but I bawled. Poor baby boy. My eyes are as swollen as Seon-Gyeol's and Oh-Sol's.

Luckily sweet fluffy behind the scenes are always served by JTBC in timely manner, the antidote for my injured heart.

Yet I'm still so anxious for the final. hope they will give in the happy ending he deserves so much. Bring back the love he desperately needs.

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Annyeong beanies! It’s been ages since I last wrote here but I have this urge to express my undying love (how ironic after watching Ep8 of The Crowned Clown) for these two dramas that have taken over my heart (and life since it is an excellent way to procrastinate on my spring cleaning before Chinese New Year):

The Crowned Crown: I wasn’t planning on watching this since saguek isn’t really my cup of tea but as always, beanies’ post on the fan wall made me curious and Yeo Jin Goo was excellent in Circle (let’s pretend Reunited World never happen) so I decided to give the first episode a try. It was so good that I binge-watched 6 episodes within a day and in time to catch this week’s episodes which to put it mildly, what a jaw-dropping ending! I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, but bring it on, Show, bring it on...

Sky Castle: Another drama that I binge-watched and fell in love with, more so, since the topic is relatable to my current life - the pursuit of excellence in education. As a stay-at-home mother of two young teenage daughters, I can understand the things you are willing to do for your children to ensure their bright future, so this drama serves as an excellent precautionary tale. At the end of the day, your children’s happiness and well-being is paramount (duh!)

Currently on hold: Memories of Alhambra. Stopped at Ep11 (technically Ep12 but I was folding laundry so I couldn’t focus and therefore I decided I have to re-watch it since I didn’t do justice to Hyun Bin. Side note: how do beanies who need to read subtitles multi-task while watching k-drama? Amazing!) so of course that meant I’m spoiled by the horrible ending. But hey Binnie is so good in this that I will complete it, just for him (psst.....the no. of times I muttered how handsome he is while watching the show is rather embarrassing 🤣🤣)

That’s all for this week beanies! Here’s wishing a prosperous Chinese New Year for beanies who celebrate it. May your drama-watching in 2019 be bountiful 🍊🍊

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Folding laundry doesn't need eyes 😁

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Well obviously I’m not skilled enough.... shall practise more huh?

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Fighting!

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Funny you brought up multi-tasking while trying to read K-drama subtitles...I found out the hard way that knitting a sweater just does not work!

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I knitted scarves (24 total) while watching My Daughter Seo Young. Donated them to charity.

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I love knitting while watching dramas too.

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Things I can do while reading subtitles:
Drink coffee (or other beverages, but usually coffee)
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Knit

Laundry folding is when you listen to podcasts

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Children of Nobody: i'm in denial state about its end. I can't let go of those characters, wonderful despite their despair.
Those lonely, wandering/lost, tormented but pure souls are literally haunting me. Their struggles to overcome their trauma, their energy put on surviving and moving on still live with me.
I don't want to go through their pain again ( i can't really rewatch it), i just don't want to leave them.
I'm praying very hard for a s2 but i don't believe in it. The final gave a clear cut closure to everyone.
I recommend to read @odilettante final recap, she touched on various discussions brought by the drama in a elegant and intelligent way.
Notably i totally approve what she said about the criminals in the drama who weren't punished legally because of the statut of limitations. After 20 years, it's reasonable to accept the idea that people have changed and are not anymore the killers that they were and wouldn't have again the same actions.
At this point in their life, it was time for everybody involved in the Cha family incident to try forgiveness, even an incomplete one.
Also, the relationships were interwined in such a way for Woo Kyung especially, that it was impossible for her to ask for more Justice. The new relationships that she created with children and adults seemed to have healed her and it was comforting enough for us viewers to recognize it and let it go.

Less than evil: The leads shined so more, they made everything else look bland. The drama should have been a long dialogue just between them.
I agree with @mango: the end was anticlimatic, done already few times and since their fate was quickly revealed, it didn't have any consequences except for the revelation on Eun Sun's feelings/obsession.
An uneven drama with a lot of potential, but that never reached its too high ambitions after an explosive start, and lost progressively its inspiration.

Still Watching few j-dramas: but they deserve their own posts.

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There will be a new travelling show "Traveller" on air soon, looking forward to it because it will be in Cuba - didn't watch Boyfriend, they've shot it last year in spring and it will have Ryu Jun Yeol and Lee Je Hoon in it. I hope Cuba won't ever loose it charms and it won't be ever remade to "American" image after quietly opening to the west... There's this documentary about it's inner city vegetable gardens, it's so beautiful!

Going to watch Swing Kids.

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Being a cuban myself (and one that still lives in the country) I can't help but feel excited about Traveller premiere next week. Like you @BC I'm looking forward to how Cuba is portrayed this time around.
I had watched Encounter (I had to because the stir was unbelieveable during the month of filming) and... while the cinematography was beautiful and the places they used as sets weren't the typical ones, the cliches were everywhere. I remember, when the first two episodes aired, calling a friend of mine and ask her: "why everyone in Havana seems to be either dancing and singing like pros in every corner or able to speak english very fluently?" That was eye-rolling to say the least.
I really hope that Traveller's portrayal can be more authentic and helps increase koreans interest for my country and its culture (which is already big I can assure).
Spoiler: This time they filmed outside Havana city, and one of the places has an important historical meaning so... more to look forward to, ;)

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That sold TV or novel image is fixed deeply in ourselves... When I've been to Buenos Aires I was like where are the tango dancers? You have to go to melungas to see them or there is this wonderful market in Sant Telmo ( I was like, why I'm not rich?, just to buy those magnificent old items to decorate my home) where you can see street dancers earning some money and even learn few steps from them.

I'm coming from postsovietic country and I remember we had bananas and oranges for Christmas from Cuba. I can still remember the taste...

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I wanted to make the very same comment about Encounter, but did n't want to offend any Cuban. I am not familiar with Cuban culture but I am pretty sure it is not just singing and dancing on the streets, so ya... I rolled my eyes too much too. Glad to hear this from a Cuban.

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Top Star Yoo Baek: Finished and loved it. Lee Sang Yeob in particular was such a treat in this. I really want to see him in another rom-com, but at the same time I feel like Ma Dol was just the perfect character for him. It would have been great if they made the show about 2 couples from the get-go so that we could have had more rom-com goodness with Ma Dol and the nurse and less forced marriage angst. I'm happy they at least they gave him a girl though, since second leads are more often left out in the cold it seems. It's always a nice treat to watch a "life drama" where every single member involved in making it cries at the end because the experience shooting it was just so monumental and memorable. I think this would be a pretty decent gateway kdrama, considering the amount of love shows like You From Another Star and You're Beautiful have traditionally gotten, so I really really hope Tvn lets Viki have it (Netflix would ruin the subs on this one).

The Crowned Clown: After a weak previous week, 7-8 pulled me right back in. Episode 7 especially felt like the epitome of greatness for this series. It was intensely gripping (My first glance at the clock was 50 min. in) and Jin Goo acting across himself was absolutely riveting to watch. But then episode 8 happened and now I'm worried that episode 7 was the peak for the entirety of the show and that it will never be able to reach that height again. I actually didn't entirely mind the ending of 8, i just thought it would have been better 4 episodes later with more character development and screen-time given to Yi Heon first. I'm also a little miffed that they teased Dal-rae/Yi Heon interactions by placing them in the same temple and then reduced Dal-rae's role to just accidentally freeing the madman. There's one more week left before the new crops of dramas come in, so next week will be the determining factor as to whether I'll watch this one all the way through or add it to the drop list.

Kingdom: I feel like it's probably not a good sign that my friend and I have had to postpone watching the last 3 episodes for another two weeks and both of us are just like, "Oh, busy this weekend, too? Oh, well. We'll finish it someday." It's not a horrible show, but we're both not really impressed with it either. It lacks suspense and tension because I know this is just the first season and it's focused on exposition so none of our main characters are going to die. The zombie scenes feel like they're there more to demonstrate all the disturbingly horrible scenes possible with zombies (families eating each other and such) rather than posing an actual safety threat to the main cast. It's also a bit of a letdown that so much of the zombie antics are a result of stupidity or incompetence. They're not exactly difficult to get rid of since they inevitably sleep 12 hours a day, yet weak (in my mind at least) excuses keep being made for not burning them. It makes me wonder how scary and cool...

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Anyway, it makes me wonder how scary and cool it would be if the zombies actually weren't brainless and could band together or slowly gain human-like intelligence so that it would require a certain level of cleverness and tactic to beat them instead of just beheading them. But, then again, I can handle watching Kingdom because it's not extremely scary or phenomenally well-done, so I'm satisfied enough with it as it is I guess. At the very least, it's been a good drama to introduce my uninitiated friend into enjoying kdramaland with me.

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Kingdom is the first K-drama my non-drama-watching husband ever completed! Here is to me hoping that we will eventually enjoy watching more dramas together.

I am like you. I can handle watching zombies because they are dumb but I cannot stomach horrors with ghosts because they scare the bejesus out of me!! 👻🙀🙀

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I'm going to see if I can entice her into watching Forest of Secrets or Life with me once we finish Kingdom. Fingers-crossed we can turn drama-watching into a regular thing we do together!

I'm terrible with anything that can pop out of nowhere and then disappear. I jump and scream every time. Even the opening scene in Kingdom with the physician's intern, I knew it would happen but when he got grabbed suddenly I couldn't help but jump in my seat regardless lol

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Hahaha that was totally me, @hobakky!!
I couldn't do anything but turned to my husband and laughed at myself for totally being startled even though I saw it coming from miles away.😅

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Me three~ everyone is surprised when I see I don't like ghost shows when I gobble up zombie stuff. But that's just it! Zombies have rules and physical limitations, while ghosts can pop up *anywhere*. Even in your dreams. :(

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I'm just gonna hug my stuffed piggy a bit tighter .____.

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Less than evil: I loved female lead, and male was very good plus really nice supporting actors, but I think writer didn't have good grab on the story, maybe too much of original material, at moments it wasn't that cohesive, but I'm sucker for crime stories so enjoyed it nonetheless.

Kingdom: just beautifully shot, plus great actors and characters, some zombie mayhem scenes were too long, more plot could be fitted instead.

SKY Castle, some of the stories like Kangs were to saccharine imho, it's wasn't believable that they would change completely without any struggle, especially the parents, the rest I liked a lot, and reading comments before, it showed how general public is hang up of educational success to see value in pursuing other paths in life. Like after all this trauma WooJoo went through, it would be best to slow down and find some time for healing, the same with other students in that class, one of their classmate died, murdered, other was put in jail for few month, both very likeable with wide group of friends, and school didn't even bother to address it. That teacher deserved having students walking out on him, he acted like a total jerk.
Coffee Friends, so soothing and mouth watering, the cast has great chemistry, sad that there is no new episode this week.

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I thought this week, because it showed later than usual, I feared it was preemtped because of Lunar New Year (I have know idea honestly how it works in Korea during major holidays).

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I just read an article on the TV schedule changes on Lunar New Year Holiday week, it seems that so far there are no changes on Friday TV schedule. YAY
fyi, the changes are monday to thursday (mostly) drama, and a talk show; music shows on next weekends. They usually reruns movies instead of dramas.

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I'm here to gush about my three crushes.

1. Lee Hyuk in The Last Empress
I love him to death, lol, and I get so hurt every time Sunny rebuffs him. The most recent episode I was all excited after watching the preview because she went all dewy-eyed and soft when she hugged him and then wham! she thinks aloud You can't die, not yet. 😢😢😢😢😭😭😭😭

2. Hyun Bin
I watched Secret Garden, and it was so lovely. I laughed my head off in the early episodes and bawled like a baby in the last three episodes. Guys, you didn't tell me how heartbreaking it was....I was sobbing throughout episodes 18 and 19, and when his memories returned, it was so so sad. The scene where he drove into the rain with her to save her made me cry like mad. Hyun Bin is such a terrific actor, and he's just sizzling in the drama.

3. Joo Ji hoon
I'd brave zombies too if I had him by my side. He's so beautiful and graceful and looks lovely in sageuk robes. I'm at episode 3, just finished it. My head is full of zombies and creaky heads and Joo Ji hoon.

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I might get rake over the coals for this, but Sunny has been and is wrong for doing this. She is taking a lesson out of Woo bin's book and it was crappy when he did it to So jin and we all see how that turned out.

This is about acting for her, it shows that it was in her to begin with and people will see that as her being her heroine, but I see it as being psychotic just like Woo bin. I officially hate them both now and the fact that four more episodes have been added makes it worse.

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She's re-enacting everything that Lee Hyuk did to her in the early episodes, the fake smiles, the fake words. She has become every bit as devious and manipulative as the evil doers, and she says that she wants justice and revenge for what they did to Woo bin's mother, so I wonder, at the end of it all, when she has got her revenge, and everyone is dead or in prison, save her and the "good guys" (questionable term, considering the deceit that they have used as a tool to turn the royal family against one another), will she smile and say Good job, you got what you wanted, or will she realize that revenge leaves a bad taste in the mouth, that she has become the very thing that she despised, a liar, a manipulator, unable to forgive, adamant on destroying and punishing? I'm curious, and I hope that the writer is big-hearted enough to make her realize the monster that she herself has turned into.

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... laughing about "creaky heads"

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Re Secret Garden: that is the only authentic Korean Rom-Com Style to me: laugh your head off in the early episodes, break your heart in the latter ones. These newer rom-coms sometimes have different styles which leave me yearning for the older ones.

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I’m glad you enjoyed Secret Garden. 😊 I should have told you to prepare tissues... I also laughed my head off in the first episodes and cried at the last ones.

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Hi beanies! I hope everyone's doing well!

I've been watching The Last Empress, and while I am on Team Wang-shik, Lee Hyuk is just too adorable! ♥️ Shin Seung-rok is amazing!! 😍

Another drama that I'm marathoning is Life on Mars. I'm enjoying it so far. It's relatively lighter than Signal. Anddd I love the bromance between Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woo! ♥️ I also think Go Ah-sung is excellent as Officer Yoon. She is an amazing profiler! No emotions, just straight out facts.

I'm hoping to try out Sky Castle once I'm done with LoM. (Trying to watch as many dramas as I can before real life aka grad school starts 😆)

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Yay! Have fum watching LoM. It was my fave of 2018 and i still remains as one of my fave dramas ever 😄

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Many Beanies including me have been firmly rooting for OTP Wang-shik/Hyuk !! 😆

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Oh I totally forgot about the real OTP!! You're correct!!!

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That's the thing with this drama, I went into it indifferent to the male leads and was watching it for Jang Nara, and then, suddenly there was a shift midway, and they started to focus on the villain, and made him likeable. If the writer had been consistent and focussed more on Wang sik, given him more screentime, made Lee Hyuk less attractive and appealing, I wouldn't be rooting for Hyuk now. I got confused, and went to check who the leads were...and became even more confused as the episodes went on, and Hyuk hogged the limelight more and more, relegating Woo bin to the sidelines. The writer gave Hyuk that ultra cool moment, of him coming out of the car with guns blazing, like a full-fledged hero. I don't get it, and I don't understand it. The popularity of Hyuk is because of what the writer did, she milked sympathy for him, and made him so likeable and attractive. It's the first time ever I've seen this in a Korean drama, and the result is it's turned me into a Hyuk shipper.

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I have been wondering the same....that the writer saw that SSR gained so much popularity with Hyuk that she now is changing the direction of her original story to cater to the viewers. It reminds me of what happens to You Who Forgot Poetry that the writer wrote out the development of the first lead when the second lead Dr. Ye became much more favorable to the viewers (me included.)

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