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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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The Fiery Priest: Goodbye, my sweet priest! I enjoyed the drama overall, and it landed the ending by wrapping things up in a satisfying way. I appreciated that the writers never threw in a loveline between Kim Nam-gil and Honey Lee, which was one of my fears when the show premiered. My only complaint is that there was a bit of a lag in the plot mid-way through. Nothing really happened but somehow, the show managed to feel fast-paced while also being utterly sluggish. What the drama lacked in plot development, it made up for in cast chemistry. It’s a testament to the actors that I ended up really rooting for the baddies–to reform and see the light of course–despite the many terrible things they did. That final scene between Jang-ryong and Ssongsak? My heart! I want them to be friends forever. I’ve always liked Go Joon and I hope he’s back in dramaland sooner rather than later. That burning charisma should not go to waste.

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Her Private Life: I was fortunate to gobble up four episodes this week thanks to not being able to watch any last week, and now I don’t know how I’m going to survive waiting an ENTIRE WEEK for the next episode. I love how communicative the leads are with each other. Lion Oppa — née Handsome Oppa — has no shame in realizing he was in the wrong and apologizing and actually trying to immediately fix the situation! Other than the fact that she’s still desperately trying to hide her fangirl side (which is pointless, since Lion Oppa now knows — and he isn’t even mad about it!), Deok-mi is also capable of laying down boundaries with the people around her. These are two adults who find themselves in a ridiculous situation (a ridiculously delightful situation) and yet are still able to respect each other and themselves, despite the setbacks and misunderstandings. Most importantly, they explode with insane chemistry even in the simplest of settings (pretty sure I’ve watched that “removing the scarf from her hair” scene a gajillion-and-one times already, and I will watch it a gajillion times more). The script and basic conceit of the drama is nothing new, but that’s not why I’m here — it’s the actors (who sizzle!), the fun absurdity of the flights-of-fancy (Lion Oppa undercover as a fangirl!), and the realization that this is a romcom where I don’t have to be conflicted about my affection for an asshole lead and the Candy who’s supposed to save him. Instead, I will revel in the thrill of watching two people gradually fall in love (with a few hilarious shenanigans along the way, of course!).

 

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My Fellow Citizens: I found the past two episodes bit slow since I’ve been waiting for three weeks now to get back to that opening scene in episode 1 when Yang Jung-gook throws away the whole political rulebook and just runs his mouth off on live broadcast. And I hate (love) that they made me fall hard for Han Sang-jin this week, only to take all that goodness away and have him compromise his morals to gain a few percentage points. As a K-drama viewer, I want Yang Jung-gook to win because FUN. But in real life, I’m wishing so hard for the Sang-jins of the world to stay good and principled and Sang-jin-y AND win AND drive all the evility out.

That Psychometric Guy: I feel bad always being late to this because I know guess from vague spoilers that this week spells PAIN and I want to give y’all a space to cry. But I only know about last week’s episodes and the reveal of the extent of Hyung’s and his mom’s suffering. So I’ll just send out a signal blast to anyone who’s been on the fence about starting this show to check it out. It’s the perfect mix of supernatural thriller romance comedy bromance angst. If you start it now, you’ll have other beanies to gif the funnies, squee, or pass you tissues with as needed.

The Banker: Another show I’ve fallen behind on because of time. Huhu. It’s not doing anything remarkable in terms of cases, but I like that noble, punny Kim Sang-joong anchors the show while everyone else at the top are wildcards ready to jump ships at a moment’s notice. I’m a serial shipper. Not just with romantic pairings, but with strategic ones too. The fact that Kim Tae-woo, Chae Shi-ra, and Yoo Dong-geun’s characters keep acting shady or righteous whenever it’s convenient makes me excited whenever any of them have so much as a civil interaction with Noh Dae-ho. I’m always chanting helphimhelphimhelphim even if they’re just riding the elevator together.

Five Kids: Aww… it’s done. They didn’t dwell on it, but the nosy in-laws actually saved Mi-jung’s life. So the final advantage goes to chaotic, multi-generational households. Sometimes I wish I can stop watching slice-of-life shows because they always leave me feeling empty for weeks, but they’re such a source of comfort while they last. *sigh* Does anyone have any recommendations for more feel-good, sometimes-feel-annoyed, family dramas? Is Laurel Tree Tailors okay?

 
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Psychometric Guy: 7/10 Things are happening as we move out of mid-show doldrums. I'm not a fan of those things. Once-good show falls into the Trap of trying too hard for big surprising twists.

Haechi: 7/10 Things are happening as we move out of mid-show doldrums. So-so show holds up towards the end by sticking to what we expect. I can't believe I'm saying that.

My Fellow Citizens: 9/10 Haven't seen two such cool female leads since -- I wish I could say "forever", but... well... since Spring Turns to Spring.

Kill It: 5/10 Getting better as mysteries are cleared up. But if I had something better to watch over the weekend I wouldn't bother with this.

Her Private Life: 6.5/10 Leads and FL's friends are good; idol, paintings, rival fan & her mom drag it down this week.

Big Issue: 8/10

Nokdu Flower: 7.5/10 OK, this is how you start a rebellion, not that silliness in Haechi. But any historical show from that time period will have to dance awfully fast to be believable without being too depressing/painful at the end.

Confession: 6/10 Getting easier to follow, if you really want to follow a typical kdrama huge conspiracy and and big surprise that is no surprise at all. Music & pacing are effective, but who cares?

I Picked Up a Celebrity On the Road: 7.5/10 OMG! There's fangirls here too. They're everywhere!

Myung Wol the Spy / Spy MyeongWol (2011): 7/10

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Real Life and Drama Slump here 😕 ...watching only Psychometric...and balancing it with Fangirl (which reminds me more of Beauty Inside than Secretary Kim).

I checked the first episode of Sons of Sol Pharmacy... and lol Ji Chang Wook 😂😂😂

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Confession
That cliffhanger was not only cathartic to Do Hyun but also me when I was watching it: despite knowing about the fact that the heart came from Madame Jin’s son weeks ago, the show still manages to execute the revelation with flair. This is what I really like about the show, however, I’m a little disappointed that the downfall of the evil people will most likely start due to the new female character’s manipulations since I was hoping the Avenger team would do it all. Also, where is Hyun Joon? I do hope he will turn up for the upcoming court trial: it’ll be the ultimate test of his moral fabric for sure!

A Beautiful World
I’m loving the bountiful helpings of character development that we received this week! If I had to point out the one that really resonated with me, it would be how Moo Jin went from the epitome of restraint (somewhat like an antithesis of In Ha) to lashing out with the trigger being that of the responses from the school and other parents to Soo Ho’s petition. I think that slapping Dong Soo may have served as a wake-up call for him to rein in his violent tendencies, hopefully, he will also help to convince his sister Dong Hee to speak up knowing how this incident has stamped out the kind Moo Jin.

That Psychometric Guy
Tropes everywhere: killer kills Ji Soo with one perfect stab (too bad she doesn’t have enough plot armour like the male leads), killer escapes police for the nth time (aren’t they supposed to get rid of potential weapons when apprehending criminals?) and the police chief becomes suddenly repentant over his misdeeds after daughter dies (I do not like how the death was used to ‘wake’ him up since it is already so overused in those makjangs). I personally am more intrigued by Dae Bong and So Hyun: their relationship was more interesting than the main couple and they deserved more focus.

Kill It
What I liked most this week was the scene between Soo Hyun and Seul Gi where she breaks the facade between them and directly tells the killer that she forgives him. I’m not a fan of the rest of the plot, especially with moments like killer not even being able to tell that someone is creeping up on him. I also question the purpose of Philip’s and Jung Woo’s characters (of course maybe the finale will surprise us with some revelations but I doubt it): unlike the police who are clearly supporting roles to the female lead, these two keep some secrets from the leads. Hopefully we’ll find them out.

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My thoughts on Her Private Life here: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/radily/activity/764463/

In general, it's a nice show to watch, but nothing much of substance. I don't think I'll be commenting too much on this show since I think my reaction won't be anything positive if I cut out all the oohs and aahs arising from the main romance.

Looking forward to Abyss, Love at First Sight and Absolute Boyfriend in May!

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Don't be too hard about it. The show is not much to think about. It is there to lighten up the drama kingdom.

As long as it doesn't drag down and bore the viewers, one should give it a chance. Common, it's a so-called feel good drama about a noona fangirl caught between being a mature professional and a little girl swooning over her fave artist…

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You summed up Confession very nicely, especially this part the show still manages to execute the revelation with flair. It's a show where we know the bad guys and some of the secrets. Nothing new there. But the how they make it their own is what's important to me. That scene with Madam Jin at the end of ep10 was executed nicely.

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Kill It: I'm behind on this. Even with shorter eps count, this drama still managed to become very boring. *yawn* Give me something, show. I don't even mind more of those angsty love story stuff if you don't have anything else.

Beautiful World: The mystery continued to intrigue me, yet it also never forget to give us the quiet reflection of our society: all the bad, the sad, and the good part of it.

Haechi: What a sweet victory. Both in the effective way our good guys stopped the rebellion and the wise step Yi Geum took to forgive so many people in order to prevent them helping the remaining rebels. Our king never stopped astonishing me with his unexpcetedly forward thinking.

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- Completed -

The Fiery Priest: I hope they will be back with a second season! I want to see Chul Beom again with Team Tsunami (his sexiness has nothing to do with it, I swear!).

Possessed: The last four episodes felt like going in Hell. Hwang Dae Doo's goal was somewhat reached? I still don't know what to think of the finale but I thought it couldn't have a real happy ending.

- Currently watching -

All is Well: ep 8. The eldest son is clearly not able to take care of Father. I understand the second one's frustration during phone calls because it's not easy to live Father.

The Banker: Auditor Noh and his daughter seem to grow closer this week. She's ressourceful kid. Han Soo Ji is still playing with fire aka President Kang. She will either fall with him or because of him.

Beautiful World: ep 7. One positive point is Dad not giving up his student! It compensates the fact that Joon Seok and his mom are giving me chills. Young Chul didn't seem close with the group in the flashback with Dong Hee. I think he wanted to "become" someone untouchable and that someone was Joon Seok's bestfriend in his mind. His change of behaviour now that he thinks he's the closest to Joon Seok is frightening.

Big Issue: I'm confused with proposing Han Seok Joo to be Sunday's CEO. Isn't it a trap to make him fall?

Confession: Soooo Lawyer Cha is going to represent Madam Jin's son's killer... She dropped a bomb at the end of the episode but it won't stop him because his mind is already set on that.

He is Psychometric: I've been (thankfully ?) so burned by Possessed that the dark events didn't affect me as much as it should've been. However, I believe the finale will turn out good for the three leads.

Her Private Life: Ryan Gold... I've been waiting for a long time to see KJW play a relative light character (aka not a murder or tragic character). Regrets are starting because how can I survive this show when he flashes sexy V-necks, cute smiles, swoony gestures at me? Should I turn to Priest Matteo or Priest Kim Hae Il to save me?

Kill It: This week is the finale week and there are stills unanswered questions.

Nokdu Flower: ep 1. I don't remember much the promotions content so I dived blindly in the first episode. Black and white scenes for flashbacks are utilized well. It gives a more sophisticated feel to the drama where violence and ruthlessness are heavily present.

Manpuku: ep 105. Tachibana is making numeral tests to make instant noodles and it looks like a harder road than making salt. It's nice to know Saki's husband will finally remarry after her death.

My Fellow Citizens: Love, love, love our main couple! The phone call scene was brilliant, their diaologue was so well written. Another dialogue I loved was the con-man/loan misunderstanding not even once but twice. The brother-in-law is certainly hiding...

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The brother-in-law is certainly hiding something. I wonder when the third sister will appear and if she's someone we already saw (Mi Young?) or a completly new character. I'm glad to see the actress playing Yeon Hee in Possessed as the maknae :)

Put Your Head On My Shoulder: ep 10. I love the leads cute interactions and chemistry. What's making me even more excited is actually my first live watching with Beanies on Sunday!

Welcome to Waikiki 2: Noona and Ki Bong's ship is slowly sailing! That truck is the sweetest gift he could give to her.

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😻😻😻 It will be lovely to have you joining the group watch, @mango! Head and Shoulders Beanies cyber swoon and spazz together is its kind of full body workout!

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I'm really excited for the spazzfest :D

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We are very good at spazzing, and the more spazzers the better.

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Put Your Head On My Shoulder is on my To Be Watched list! I was going to start in the next few days anyway but ... what's all this about live watching with fellow Beanies?! Details please!

I was hesitant to start bc I saw it's related to A Love So Beautiful which I dropped after 12 episodes. For the record I do really like Shan Shan and Love O2O. Do you think I'd like Head On My Shoulder?

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Beanies often organise live watches on rabb.it. You can sign up for free and watch videos with a group of people. All details for the live watch for Put Your Hand On My Shoulder are available on @kimbapnoona's wall. I hope you will join us :D

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Put your head on my shoulder is more similar in tone to Love 020 than a love so beautiful. Also it's technically not a spin-off of a love so beautiful I tried submitting a change to mydramalist a couple days ago but they didn't have what I think is technically the correct term to describe the relationship these two shows have. The two books that these dramas are based on is by the same author in the books the characters from each book crossover with one another but I don't think that's going to happen in the dramas. It didn't happen in the drama adaptacion of a love so beautiful and I don't think it's going to happen in put your head on my shoulder. In the books the main characters work in the same workplace. You can read more about it on the soompi forms for put my head on your shoulder.
@mango @kimbapnoona I hope I'm not bothering you lovely folks but not sure if you guys know but there are actually raws for put your head on my shoulder up to episode 16 and previews for the rest of the series. Here's the link if you guys are interested https://www.duboku.com/vodplay/438-1-1.html
Sorry to bug you guys if you guys already knew.

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Thanks for the link. I like more options besides the ones I'm using now.

I couldn't get into Love O2O and didn't finished A Love So Beautiful. So I am glad this one is working for me.

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@outofthisworld no problem glad I was able to help. Yeah I'm really enjoying this drama so far as well more than I expected to. I think it's in part due to the characters they somehow feel fresh even though they are a bit cliche. If it continues to be good all the way through it's definitely going to replace Love 020
as my convenient fluffy pick me up drama.

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Thanks for the info! Now I'm excited. Also @kimbapnoona @mango thank you for the invite :) I'll try to catch up (but it's dicey. 11 episodes!) but maybe next time!

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@luckyduck No problem! :) Each episode is only about 40ish minutes long so far, not a hour like most kdramas.

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@luckyduck, hope you can join us sometimes soon!

And I already envy you having so much adorableness still to catch up!! Enjoy!!

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Thanks @owlcat for the link! Are you a Chinese speaker? If not (or even if you are!), join us sometimes we are group watching episode 13 and 14 raw with me live translating for Beanies! I posts all the watch on my fanwall if you are interested.

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@kimbapnoona Thank you so much for the invite. Yeah I can understand and speak Mandarin. I was predominantly raised by my grandparents so they taught me how Unfortunately I was never taught how to write or read Chinese though lol.

Also they just released a couple really cute behind the scenes videos for the drama on YouTube but be careful of spoilers some of them are for scenes that haven't aired yet. Here is the link the channel if anyone needs it:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQatgKoA7lylp_UzvsLCgcw/videos
I didn't want to link it to the videos just in case some people don't want spoilers.

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Where are beanies watching Put Your Head on My Shoulder? I can't find it anywhere, and I really liked Love 020, so I'm interested in watching it.

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@vespertyne, the show is available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMX26aiIvX5o3JutuMl_GXEMUcK17Gn9c

The subbed episodes are posted with about a week delay, so I am hosting Beanies group watches for those of us who are hooked on the show!

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Thanks! I just subscribed to

The group Beanie-watch sounds fun. Is there a link to where you are hosting the viewings? And also, what is the time zone?

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@vespertyne Yaaay! Welcome to Rabbit!

I'm not sure which group the viewings for this drama will be, but the main group chat is here:

Join me on Rabbit! https://www.rabb.it/s/oe5tt

We usually are called "TraumaBeans" but sometimes people like to change it, and at the moment we are "Fancy!"~

People usually post the link to viewing rooms in the main chat before they start~

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Where do you watch All is Well with eng sub? I really want to watch it later when I have time.

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CN Drama channel on youtube.

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Okay, I'll check it. Thanks gie 😘

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Like @giegie0384 commented, subs are available on CN Drama youtube channel :)

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Nobody's watching Doctor Prisoner? Why?
It is nice. Crazy set-up. insane Alibi. using ones connections. corruption. sly way of backstabbing the enemy.
Pretty cool…

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I don't feel like watching for the time being. Maybe when it's completed along with Haechi I will pick it up.

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Mother of Mine: I haven’t checked in for two weeks and even in the weekend drama world things move on. I wasn’t expecting the birth secret. Behold the irony. She is not his mom but her mom? This will be interesting in a weird way. So the daughter knows but the mother doesn’t. So many reveals coming up in this show.
I like the main storyline of the undercover chaebol heir who works for the general manager he will boss over big time one day. I like that he is not your typical spoiled chaebol brat, I like that he has tried all sorts of jobs to train himself. I really don’t care for his father and aunt he calls omoni though he has a sweet relationship with the omoni who was kind to the orphaned 4 year old. We don’t know yet when his stepmom came into the picture but it’s clear that the aunt meant a lot to this poor little boy. However, despite her love for him it is clear she used him to replace the daughter she abandoned (did the rich husband not want her if she brought her kid along?) and she will try to come between Tae Joo and Mi Ri and will ask him one day to choose her instead of the woman he loves. Despite her usually calm demeanor she is clearly unhinged and obsessive. However, I am more concerned about Tae Joo’s father’s opposition whose first faux pas was along the lines of why is she a woman? Then he goes and makes that expendable comment - we’ll use her and get rid of her. He will also seriously be against this union.
I like the way Mi Ri and Tae Joo’s relationship is developing outside of work due to them being neighbors.
I couldn’t care two figs about Mi Sun’s awful mother in law and whiny husband. They get on my nerves. I might have been okay with Mi Hye’s story in the hands of a more talented and nuanced actress but her overacting and overanimated face is also a constant turnoff.

That Psychometric Guy: This went to much darker places then I expected but I like all the characters and the story was interesting. Haven't been able to watch this week's episodes though.

Her Private Life: I am one week behind in this as well. I wasn’t expecting the fangirl to meet her idol so bravo on that. That will throw some interesting twists into an otherwise familiar setup. The fake dating is fun and that almost kiss by the wall was hot. However, I wonder who is dressing Kim Jae Woo. He has worn some truly awful suits with seriously baggy pants. I am getting a kick out of his misunderstanding that Dok Mi is in love with her married girlfriend.
Paralleling Mi Hye’s writer’s block in Mother of Mine here we have a hero who has painter’s block.

Unstoppable High Kick: Still enjoying this. My least favorite characters in order are: the daughter in law and the grandfather. Jung Il Woo’s character started to fall for the teacher even though he is not aware of it yet. The mystery with Park Min Young’s family is continuing but we did learn that Min Young is also in a noona romance, though he doesn’t know it yet...

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But I dislike that there is an unnecessary love triangle forming there as well with Kim Beom also falling for her. It is interesting to watch Park Min Young in one of her earliest works as well as the latest simultaneously. I usually avoid this kind of stuff in my binge watching but it is difficult not to overlap with a 167 episode sitcom. And I am actually not exactly binge watching this. I watch an episode a day so it is only slightly faster than it’s five-days/week run.

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I watched all of Unstoppable High Kick a few years ago. It's a fun show and interesting to see some newbie actors back in the day.

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HPL: I was surprised at how early she met the idol as well ... then again, that fueled the start of their fake relationship so in retrospect it made sense. I'm just happy to be pleasantly surprised :)

Agree with you on the baggy pants as well, not a fan of baggy pants with long jacket pairing.

I feel that the misunderstanding in HPL is one of the rare times where I hoped it would go on for longer. It's one of the best misunderstandings in my kdrama books!

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I also was a little sad (and a bit surprised) for the misunderstanding to end already, 1) because it showed the best parts of Ryan Gold character, outwardly indifferent but ready to fight (or at least pretend-date) for society's underdogs (and there's a nice symmetry with how he berates himself for not understanding their relationship at the beginning and being progressive enough and then apologizing for the judo "lesson" and berating himself again when he found out he misunderstood), 2) it's one of the rare kdrama instances where they mined comedic gold out of a misunderstood same-sex relationship without being obnoxious about it, and 3) the drama Ryan Gold thought he was witnessing in that relationship was a lot more exciting than your standard kdrama!

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i knew i was in love the moment he reprimanded himself in the bathroom ....

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Her Private Life: I agree with odilettante so I won't repeat. I will add that the pacing is quite nice as I don't even notice an hour going by.

Psychometric Guy: I'm way behind but a solid watch so far.

Put Your Head on My Shoulder: It's a c-drama but seems like a k-drama. I'm taking a leap of faith which I don't do much with c-dramas but it's getting so much love so I jumped in.

In the world of Amazon Prime: I binged the 5th season of Bosch. Michael Connelly is one of the best crime writers of all time and fans of the books can be happy the adaptation is so solid.

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AOIhachi - Perfect World
RjgMan - Shino can't say her own name
Kingdom - released in Japan. 1st week at 2nd place.

Japanese Drama

Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku - 8 out of 10. Can it become drama of the season?

Korean

Kill it - last week. timepass. 6/10

Chinese

Put Your Head - trash 4/10
Pushing Hands - 6/10 mediocre
In Youth - 6.5/10 11-13 episodes are strreched
All is Well - 7.5/10
The brightest star in the sky - 4/10

Avengers - another hyped underear over pants super hero nonsense

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Strawberry - kamenashi looks good but 1st episode a bit long and boring. Waiting for more Fumi Time

Golden Week - 1 week holiday gonna enjoy watching all the half watched Japanese movies

No Working After Hours - Yoshitaka Yoriko is looking too beautiful here. want translation

SACHIKO - Food Makes Her Forget Why this manga never got any translation. Drama has done good job here. 8 out of 10.

Tokyo Alien Bros - manga to live-action. add into watchlist

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@sancheezy We got OREGAIRU season 3

Chihayafuru Season 3
Kono Oto Tomare is airing now

After a while we are getting good slice of life, subtle romance manga to anime.

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Pushing Hands - Why heroine has toface he company of these terrible guys each and every day. Seriously, each of them is annoying.
Brightest - Who else will trust a show when writer is the one mocking the whole show. terrible writing. these kinds of writer shouldn't be anyway near a drama company.

Put your Trash - the biggest trash among them all. As i said on Mydramalist this one is porn. literal porn. no substance whatsoever. Actor is the oppa and does things which are romanticized, if done by any other guy would be treated as gross and creepy. He is on the level of Taethug.
Female characters personality is far better than their Males.
Same trash as Love h2o. Well, audience can't complain about male characters behaviour if they keep on drooling over such acts.

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Good lord! Here we ago again with the porn review... 🙄

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Hmmm.. I watched Love O2O four times. I do not think it was trash. I do not get why you like it. It was cute and good Chinese drama. The kiss was meh. However, I am glad to get ZBB as an actor. Put Your Head on Your Shoulder was talk about condom which she get it by mistake and her guy friend is trying to get her which she push away. That is it. So far, what I watched.

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pornography
/pɔːˈnɒɡrəfi/
Definition:
printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.

You misuse this term so randomly.

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"Literal porn?"

You are misusing either "literal" or "porn," or - from what I can tell from the dramas you call "porn" that I have actually watched - both.

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When porn is used to qualify another word, such as food porn, the meaning of what someone is trying to convey is quite clear. But when slung alone, adrift, and used to describe a medium that also encompasses that of porn itself, your meaning becomes unclear.

To describe a fluffy rom-com as literal porn, leaves readers confused. First because they will wonder if there is overt and graphic sexual content, which there is most certainly not. Next, they will ponder the moral code of the person labeling it such. Is this a person who objects to the cohabitation? The use of a condom for a comic sequence? On screen kissing? If so, my next question is why watch any dramas then, even the very sanitized one in question if you object to the subject matter?

However, I suspect the intent is to make use of the word porn as a qualifier to the particular emotional beats of this type of rom-com. In which case, it doesn't really work linguistically. The media in question is, as I stated before, too close to the media often used for actual pornography for this to be an effective way to make a point.

Food porn as a signifier works, because we don't immediately align food with pornography (I know there is literal food fetish porn, but it's not the mainstream porn image, so it doesn't break my argument). Whereas, rom-com porn does not work as a signifier, because porn films are a direct relation to the rom-com itself. I'll grant you that they are very different, but they do share a common ancestor. Therefore, calling a rom-com porn only confuses what your are trying to convey.

As for the word literal, well that has entered boggy linguistic territory, so I won't quibble about it here.

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Well said @egads and others.

But while I enjoy a good "what is the line between porn and art" conversation with the best of them, never forget that Cat usually prefaces his 'porn' argument with 'woman' i.e. woman porn.

Yes he's inaccurately and misleadingly using the word "porn". But he's not saying it's trash because it's porn - he's saying it's trash because it's made for women and women like it. Basically he's forming an analogy between men watching porn and women watching romance dramas as though the cultural experience is the same. So his biggest problem remains misogyny mostly IMHO.

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Ahhh yes, @leetennant, you are quite correct. Thank you for the reminder.

(Welcome back)

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@leetennant LT I’m your #1 fan

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@egads @leetennant @noobita @vivanesca @panshel @rukia @vespertyne, you summed up so perfectly everything I wish I had the eloquence to say!

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@vespertyne, I meant to respond to the original post. Apologies.

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I figured that out from the content of your very well reasoned post!

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Avengers - You paid to watch a movie that you hate on opening weekend?? Movie tickets are expensive. I would never pay for a movie that I didn't want to watch, much less on opening weekend when the theaters are packed.

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Hate is quite a strong world. Superhero movies are good timepass. I find my fun deriding them. Its all upto personal taste. Its foolishness to go out of your way to comment on something so inconsequential.

@trina noise pollution description in Open thread
o2o has those terrible male characters. I dropped the show in the 1st half but did watched many youtube videos and none of them gave me good feeling.

Trash is a porn without any doubt. Too many parallels between them. Romanticized version of porn. It easily falls into 1st classic definition itself.

There is no scope of rational for those blinded by prejudice and hatred. Narrow minded views only leads to perversion and dirty thoughts.

As for some teaching - Porn is long used as a suffix to describe phy+emo excitment over various subjects.
Foodporn isn't about doing r-rated stuff in kitchen
Earthporn isn't outdoor r-rated content.

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You described the drama as "literal porn", proceeds to use words that have no connection with literal porn "foodporn/earthporn" to explain the word. I don't get you at all.

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"Its foolishness to go out of your way to comment on something so inconsequential" - your every comment in a nutshell tbh.
"Romanticized version of porn" - what does this mean? You mean... a romance? A story about a relationship between people attracted to each other?
"...a suffix to describe phy[siological]+emo[tional] excitment over various subjects" - aside from the fact that you used porn as a noun, not as a suffix, you also clearly consider the term to be be derogatory, not something you're "excited" about.

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"Hate is quite a strong word," but you are "literally" hate-watching if you "find your fun deriding them." You even paid to hate-watch versus streaming, which is presumably free. Your "personal taste" seems to be Japanese doramas and movies. Why "timepass" on Korean, Chinese, and American dramas and movies when you will just "go out of your way to comment on" them being "trash" and "porn"?

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Thanks everyone for this long overdue comment thread. It was a cathartic read. Now I know I'm not alone feeling annoyed with "trash" "dropped" "nonsense" "porn" "timepass" "noise pollution", replying to own comment, reserving posts, and god knows how many more...

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That Psychometric Guy: This show is dead to me. I will never forgive the writer for not only killing off Ji-soo but making Hyung a murderer. I wasn't worried when Ji-soo got stabbed because Ahn got stabbed and he survived, so surely Ji-soo will survive, right? Wrong! Now Ji-soo will never know Sung-mo likes her because I refuse to believe he doesn't. I wanted Ahn to unintentionally psychometry Hyung and realize Hyung has always liked Ji-soo, then run and tell his Ji-soo noona that he was wrong. Or I wanted Sung-mo to confess to Ji-soo and they start dating and Ahn to lovably be in the dark. "He lacks social skills and has no sense of humor, but he makes good money and bought a house, so he may be able to get married." Wasn't this supposed to be foreshadowing? I knew Sung-mo would return Ji-soo's sunflower locket. Their photo booth was the cutest. sobs, Now I'll have to write my own fanfic for my ship to sail.

Her Private Life: Kim Hyo-jin is Kim Hye-na. At first I found Kim Bo-ra to be miscast because Kim Bo-ra is the last person I would expect to fangirl over idols, but Sindy's doublespeak ("Don't you agree, Sung curator-nim?") and snide looks are Kim Hye-na. Who did Ryan think Sun-joo's husband was? I thought Ryan knew he had mistaken Deok-mi and Sun-joo's relationship when he saw Sun-joo carrying Gun-woo and kissing her husband in episode 4. Did he think Sun-joo was cheating on Deok-mi? In my opinion, Ryan started liking Deok-mi from the moment she stepped out of the taxi in front of Sian's house in episode 3 even when he still believed she was a lesbian. I think Ryan kissed Deok-mi because Sindy was looking. I have loved Joo-hyuk since episode 1. I would buy him a guitar if he called me "Master-nim."

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I think "Dad" WANTED to kill Jisoo (and so killed her), because he knew Hyung really loved her and "Dad" wanted to really hurt him... with Lee Ahn I think it was still more warning or cat and mouse play... I would also wait with the final judgment about Hyung and the apartment fire... I'm still quite hopeful...

...and let us know if you write the fanfic... I miss them as a couple dearly... 😭

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I am in the third stage of grief: Bargaining. I will give Hyung as Kim Gab-yong's VIP customer who, by extension, killed Kang Hee-sook and Park Soo-young as long as Show does not make Hyung the arsonist because that would mean he killed Ahn's parents. I am also hopeful Kang Geun-taek (or not-Dad) is lying because Kang Geun-taek had to set the fire in order to burn the dead body. Otherwise an autopsy would have proven the dead body was not Mom. I still do not understand how Kang Geun-taek got Mom's ID card. If we were not told the dead body had been brought by Kang Geun-taek, I would have believed young Sung-mo faked Mom's death in order to hide from Kang Geun-taek. You can't kidnap a dead person.

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I thought that Ryan learned the truth at that moment too, but it dawned on me later that he thought Sun Joo was cheating on Deok Mi. And then he was even more worried about her. x]

Joo Hyuk is a pretty cute and quirky character, but he surprised me in a good way. I was like fangirl Sun Joo with my feelings of awe. 🤩

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But Ryan was never antagonistic toward Sun-joo when she took their fake pictures. When you know someone is being cheated on, you tell that person, or at the very least, you ostracize the cheater because cheaters are the scum of the earth. So I am leaning toward Ryan thinks Deok-mi and Sun-joo are bisexuals in an open relationship ("She likes seeing me with other people.") and Deok-mi is a gold digger ("She's really rich.") and Sun-joo a sugar momma.

Yoo Yong-min who plays Joo-hyuk is a singer and plays the guitar.

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He didn’t think Sun-Joo was cheating on Deok-mi because he knew they weren’t openly together. Recall what Sun-Joo told him to get the hotel room: that she can’t be with the person for “a reason” and that room has nostalgic meanings. Seeing Sun-Joo with a husband and child, he probably thought Sun-Jun was married to hide her sexuality (very common in conservative societies). That the husband was in the dark.

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So either way, Sun-joo was a cheater, but instead of on Deok-mi, she was cheating on her husband who did not know he was a merkin (beard) or his wife and the mother of his child was leading a double life.

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@sph_7, that was my take on it. Ryan's assumptions, though all wrong, were all based on logical conclusions from what he personally saw and heard. His reading the relationship between Sun-Joo and Deok-mi was reasonable, even though hilariously WRONG! I mean, the erroneous assumptions and misunderstood comments during the faux-paparazzi photo shoot were so well done, and so, so funny!

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@vespertyneves It’s really refreshing to see a ML that’s chivalrous and tries hard to be non-judgy (at least about someone’s sexual orientation). And not only towards the FL — when Sun-Joo asked for the hotel room, he didn’t even know her or saw her “lover’s” face. I think he was worried that Deok-Mi was holding the wrong end of the stick in her relationship but didn’t jump to the conclusion that Sun-Joo was two-timing. He tried sooo hard to think rationally but they kept throwing curveballs at his already-malfunctioning gay-dar ... the misunderstandings are hilarious 😂.

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Thank you, @odilettante. You have expressed my thoughts and feelings about Her Private Life so well.
I'm coming out of a very, very long drama slump, so I'm absolutely delighted that this is my first venture back into live watching.
I'm also watching Touch Your Heart. I'm only on episode 3,so we will see...
Take care!

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Thank you, @ndlessjoie.
It's so wonderful to be back. 💕

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@mary, Laurel Tree Taylors is good. Not as good as Father Is Strange, but okay.
Just don't go anywhere near Marry Me Now. Please. Just don't.

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Ha, I had the opposite, I dropped Tailor and finished Marry Me 😆... but I agree that the latter is not worth the invested time. I liked it mainly for the Doctor's couple.... and Kim Kwon (currently Hyung in Psychometric).

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I watched both all the way through. Marry Me was such a huge letdown. It's true that the families were fun to watch, and it has the best birth secret ever. But, *shudder*...

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It had a lot of potential...and I finished it mainly because I was constantly expecting things to pick up 😆

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@rukia, @dorotka, @mary,

Ah, the unrealized potential of MARRY ME NOW? -- which did indeed have the greatest twist on the birth secret trope I've encountered in a Kdrama to date. Horrid chaebol in-laws and the mother-in-law from Hell made me tear my hair out. Moon-sik's (Kim Kwon's) "family bonding" sessions cracked me up, as did his hitting it off with the aegyo-spouting youngest sister. I loved her twin brother and his girlfriend, and his "gentlemen's agreement" with her oppa, Lee Sang-woo. The original couple's "romance" drove me out of my tree by the end. Talk about the shoemaker's children. Sheesh.

I kept watching and hoping that there would be some kind of happy ending. Having live-watched SHOULD WE KISS FIRST all the way through, I really needed a different ending. Is it too much to ask for old fogies to have pleasant romances later in life? Oh, right. Melodrama.

I haven't seen LAUREL TREE TAILORS, but @mary's provocative "short glimpses of a hippie (?) Choi Won-young" blows my mind. I've been watching him as crazypants chaebol facing off against Namgoong Min in DOCTOR PRISONER; he seems to be a traumatized cousin of the airline chaebol in MAD DOG, but with less extreme fashion sense. He's just popped up in NOKDU FLOWER as a scholarly(?) adherent of Donghak, from what I can gather from watching it raw. Does CWY ever sleep?! What a versatile actor. He plays deranged very well, and kind of reminds me of Jack Nicholson when he gets that look in his eye. LOL!

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You had to love Moon-sik. Kim Kwon's acting was one of the best things.
Yes, @pakalanapikake, I'm waiting for the older romance that actually works out well...

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I'm eyeing Tailors because it's the show that aired after Five Kids and they kept dangling teaser trailers for it in the last few eps.

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The Ra Mi-ran, Cha In-pyo couple were adorable. And I have a soft spot for Choi Won-young...

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Ah! You've hit the nail on the head. Those short glimpses of a hippie (?) Choi Won-young made me curious. He reminds me of a side couple I liked in Unexpected You. The has-been-idol and his ajumma fan.

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But if you haven't watched it yet, the absolute best I've seen is Father Is Strange. Pure joy.

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I have been covertly enjoying and haunting dramabeans for a while now. I just finished Father Is Strange and it left such an impression that I had to reply to your comment, Rukia.
"Pure joy" is perfect description. It was hard to leave Father Is Strange. For me it is a special one because it portrayed the kind of relationships I dream of and apsire to. And I fell for Joon Hee (not to mention Lee Joon in this role) and Han Soo's relationship; infact, amidst the plethora of incredible romantic relationships this one still beat them all. I will come back to this drama like a favorite book.

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No current airing drama excites me to press play 😢🥺

I watched the Fiery Priest finale live and have yet to watch with subs. Congrats FP for ending on a high note. Thank yoi FP writernim for giving the opportunity for supporting actors to shine as much as the leads. 👏🏻

Watched Beautiful World, but I keep getting distracted while watching.

Watched My Fellow Citizen ep3, it was funny. But I'm not eager to continue.

Otttoookkeeee.

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I am back into Kdrama world as life has gotten so busy and nothing holds my interest until I got pull into this world again by Haechi and Her Private Life. And now...I want moar because I funally catching up with latest episodes of Haechi in three days! What am I gonna do when the drama ends next week.

With Her Private Life, it feels like a fate because I just got into fangirling as an EXO-L recently and Park Min Young's character is so relatable in so many levels! (Except I don't take pictures of the idols). I am envious of Curator Sung because she got to see her idol in a professional setting and not as a fangirl (which is my dream) and more importantly she has Mr Lion by her side! Am I the only one that keep melting everytime he smiles?

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@mary watch Life is Beautiful, a beautiful family drama indeed.

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Thanks for the rec! I'll see if I can find it somewhere. :)

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@epyc2010 PYC, @mary,

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (2010) is one of my all-time faves, with oodles of heart. Such a terrific ensemble cast. Kim Hae-sook and Kim Young-chul with their blended brood are dandy. After seeing his intense portrayal of Amogae in REBEL, I was agog to see Kim Sang-joon as a confirmed biker bachelor hotel executive in his Japanese boss lady's crosshairs. Delightful whiplash. The OTP and their arc are utterly memorable.

@mary, it's cool that it's still available on the site where I watched it. ;-)

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Yes, the pairing of Kim Sang Joon (cast against type in many ways) and Jang Mee Hei is a delight from LIB. Nonetheless, it is the family dynamics - and the parents love of their children especially in relation to Song Chang-Eui’s loveline - that makes this a family drama head and shoulder above others. Laughter and tears go hand in hand throughout the whole drama.

My all time fav too!

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@epyc2010,
I considered Tae-sub and Kyung-soo to be the OTP. Mom's (and Dad's) unswerving devotion to all her kids was heartwarming to the max. I loved Kim Yong-rim as Grandma and her relationship with philandering Grandpa. (It was fun to see her in OJAKGYO BROTHERS, too.) When she finally learns why Grandson #1 is taking so long to get married, her reaction is down-to-earth, as if there's nothing new under the sun. Because there isn't.

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Of course, I consider them to be the OTP and as you said, utterly memorable. The whole journey of mom and then coming around to accept, respect and love them shed me so many tears.

This grandma usually plays the hard edge and unforgiving grannies but here displaying a somewhat nonchalant attitude which is refreshing to watch.

BTW, I love Ojakgyo Brothers too but LIB is my top favorite.

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Her private Life: Fan wall spazzing over this show because it's just so much fun. I've never been so invested in a rom com but something about this just sparkles my interest namely the leads who are killing it in the chemistry game. More fanboy/fangirl shenanigans next week pls and heart eyes Ryan-ssi.

Psychometric guy: watched up to 13 and my heart broke for Eun Ji Soo! She deserved better *cries*

fiery priest: Love this show but still haven't found the time to complete it. The comedy is fantastic and team chemistry is even more cracktastic. Can't wait to see how it all ends.

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If it wasn't clear from my icon, which I don't tend to change up, I'm just a little obsessed with my bubbly Barbie drama Her Private Life. I don't think I've followed a show so religiously since Thirty But Seventeen? I officially despise Kim Bora's Cindy, and totally think Park Jin-joo needs more credit. What else happened this week?

Still following Fruits Takuhaibin, which is about as harrowing as ever, and I also caught the first episode of Nokdu. Great premiere! I wasn't bored once in the whole hour, which is something special! The reversal of fortunes is going to be great in this one~

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I love your icon! LATTE!

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The representation if fangirls is one of the highlights for me 😁😁

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I don't really have any intelligent reason for liking it so much - something just clicks. It must be what I need right now! 😆

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Same for me, @frabbycrabsis

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I'm not as enthusiastic about the show as you are... but there is enough to keep me in... and Latte Ahjuma is one of them 😁

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Same as well ~ I wasn’t watching any show, then I clicked on the first ep since it was the first I saw on viki, and now here I am, waiting impatiently for “Latte” to interact more with Si An Is My Road...

Also, just wondering, how would Beanies feel if a guy crushing on them went undercover on DB to get to know them better? Leveling up super fast to catch your attention? @frabbycrabsis @rukia

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I'd probably love it. If I'm honest...
Do I have to be honest?

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There's something a little off about that, but I think if I got over my surprise I might be happy?

I need more context to this hypothetical, @hotcocoagirl! 😆

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@frabbycrabsis honestly, this goes back to my “stalker/cute” hypothesis I made up in high school ~ if you like the guy, it’s cute, if you don’t, it’s a stalker call the cops

If it is Lion Oppa, a guy who I’ve learned respects me whatever my sexual orientation, I'd feel so touched! Or even just a guy I already respected and liked as a person (which are sort of few and far between for me).
If it was a random guy, or someone I didn’t respect, he’d have some explaining to do on why he thought it was a good idea.

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Hm, that's a pretty succinct way to sum it up. Have you seen Pop Culture Detective's 'Stalking for Romance' on YouTube? It's very applicable here! 😂

Yeah, if it was just some random guy, you have to wonder why he thought it would be a good idea in the first place? I think however active they are online is important, because say just sitting in the background and reading their Fan Wall posts is harmless and couldn't even require deception.

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Special Labor Inspector Jo I like how the teacher found back all his old students and is continuing to help them.

Woohoo Waikiki 2 Cha Woo Shik and Han Soo Yun's relationship is cute.

That Psychometric Guy Kang Sung Mo and Eun Ji Soo always have been the interesting characters for me, they're competent in their job, their relationship was interesting and KSM's past was intriguing. But now, there is only KSM. Why did they kill EJS so easily? Made Yoon Jae In, a debutant, leading all the investigation when there are more capable cops around her. I mean experience can't be learn in books. Lee Ahn is kind of useless without his power. This drama started with a very dark back story and Lee Ahn started to be in very late.

Her Private Life 5-6 After The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince in 2007, the wait to see KJW in a lead role in a rom-com was long but worthed it!

Nokdu Flower I need to try it.

A Beautiful World The episode 7 is waiting for me.

Wait my Youth It's a cute one.

Put your Head on My Shoulder It's a cute one too but there are a little too much effects (puppy or kitty's sounds or the heroine frozen with big smile and big eyes) .

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Where did you watch Wait My Youth? Is it Eng subbed?

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You can find it on youtube but there are only 4 episodes translated...

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Her Private Life has actually exceeded my expectations. After watching the first episode, I thought it felt quite slow and typical but it feels like it’s getting better every episode. One thing I can’t stand though is Director Eom, I’m so annoyed by her and her weird bangs 😂

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...But ...but I loooove Director Eom 😆... or more precisely Kim Sun Young acting as Director Eom 😁

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Kim Sun Young is having so much fun playing Director Eom that I can't help but love her. The bangs, oh man those are tragically horrible, but she is working the over-the-topness of this character without going over the edge into cartoonish territory.

I know some people have complained that Park Min-young's wardrobe in HPL is too plain or too much like her styling in WWWSK, but she needs to be in contrast to Director Eom, and even Ryan to some extent. That said, I covet her bff's wardrobe, and the ability to confidently wear white linen in a coffee shop.

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I love when we get to see a good actor like Kim Sun Young have so much fun with a comedic role ~ she’s milking every moment she’s on screen and i can’t help but love the cringe

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I live that the main importance of her character is not that she is someone’s mother, but rather it’s her own self and personality that matter. I mean, she’s a horrible person (and likely a horrible parent) but that doesn’t dampen my love.

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@mary -- there were parts of laurel tree tailors that were really lovely. it would have been a great show if the leads weren't such a dud. half of those watching bought the reason behind female lead's whip lash behaviour while the other half of us thought the writer changed the female lead's character for some bizarre reason. however, even those who were sympathetic to the female lead were groaning at her tendency for being idiotic and senseless.. but the best part of weekend dramas is that there are lots of other characters and other couples to root for and that is where laurel tree tailors shone. all of the other couples -- the chicken couple, the burger couple and the dysfunctional family of the fashion lady were a hilarious hoot and kept me laughing out loud with their antics. so yea, if you can ignore the bore of the leads (just press forward button or watch with your brain switched off), it is actually a pleasant watch.

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Ack! Uhm... how "idiotic" is the lead? I'm okay with dumb as in not a genius (like Jin-joo in Five Kids or Ahn in Psychometric). But dumb as in signing over your house to a crying grandma on the street and letting your boss borrow 100 billion won in your name is a big no for me.

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Mary, where is your compassion?

*rethinks strategy to get Mary to sign over her house. Maybe hiring a hot, but down on his luck oppa will be effective.

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Oppa where? *gets sign pen ready*

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idiotic as in "lets slap this woman and maybe her brain will appear" kind of feel. hahahaha... so yea, the writer wants us to feel sorry for her and see her as compassionate but much of the audience pretty much rejected the leads.
it was kind of hilarious but basically all the other couples in the show were well received and two of them were even nominated for best couple award and both won as they were very popular. the lead OTP were not even nominated, LOL! so yea, fast forward button is your friend. if you can ignore the leads, the drama really can be lots of laughs

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I dropped it because I could no longer watch the female lead's ridiculous behaviour. It was 'idiotic' as in a grown-up woman making a toddler seem mature by comparison.

It was a shame because I liked all the rest.

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Killing Eve Completed. Hmmm...wasn't as good as I expected and weirdly, I don't really like Sandra Oh in this one.

Put Your Head On My Shoulder As I said on OT, they took a simple if not overused story and made it into something absolutely delightful to watch. Cohabitation shenanigans, Tsundere male lead, annoying ex - nothing new. Yet, the devil is in the detail.

I remember C rom coms used to copy K dramas down to a tee but if this show is any indication, I dare say they have come into their own.

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I'm sorry to hear that about Killing Eve. I'm really enjoying season 2 more than season 1.

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odilettante thought I'm the only one who watched that part gazillion times, at first because the video buffers and I replay a little bit but then I realized I like that scene so much. Yes, there's nothing new to this drama but I'm loving it to pieces. I love how the Lion learned that she is a fangirl and was not offended about her lies. Please keep the cute at the very end. I hope the drama will not go to much to his childhood bad memories about his mom. Again, please keep the cute and the romance up the the very end.

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The Banker is my entree. Noble Mr. Noh & his crew springing their trap on the FSS team -- now that's what I call viewer gratification. Still watching Confession and Big Issue but as side dishes. I guess I've dropped Dr. Prisoner -- thanks to Kim Byung-chul's absurd Mr. Evil, the upsetting medical sadism, & the low lighting.

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Beautiful World

Slow pace but many revelations lately, and still fascinating and resonate deeply with me as a parent myself. This is the kind of show that makes you question every single step of your act after watching it, to avoid being similar with the selfish parent or accomplices and school board who try to suppress Sun Ho's issue for their own sake. I love Moo Jin gentleness and his bond with his two child, and I love the aunt too. That being said, I can't help but feeling that there are two threads of case that are going in parralel, the bullying and Sun Ho's misfortune, with Jun Seok is the main/only that connect them (well, maybe Da Hee too). We know that Sun Ho is capable of defending himself, and from the flashbacks, the bullying itself didn't seem to affect him lest for Jun Seok being the instigator and that what happened to Da Hee rattled him more. I wonder how the story will unravel to interwave the cases so that in the end the struggle of Sun Ho's family will have the best impact for characters and viewers alike.

Possession

Havent watched the latest ep yet, but was depressed at how Dae Doo kept outmaneuvering detective Kang and the others. He is crazily manipulative and heartless for putting people who love each other and think of others as family against each other for desperate measure.

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Jun Ki is the happy and crazy virus, but nobody can deny that he is a fiercely loyal friend when in need. Woo Shik and Soo Yeon couple-to-be is cute, and Ki Bong-Yu Ri for now is the heart of the show with their sibling-y connection for now.

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*That Psychometric Guy*: just start watching this drama last 2 weeks up till episode 12. With the storyline became more darker and reading comments I think I will continue to watch episode 13 onwards after this drama ended.

*Special Labor Inspector Jo* Just start watching this today. Not even 1 episode. Hope Kim Dong Wook will not disappoint me. 🤞

*Possesed* Accidentally watched first episode on Netflix. It' tragic and the ending quite acceptable even though I think they should let that shaman live.

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Put Your Head on My Shoulder: Picked this up on Friday and I'm caught up till Ep11! The plot and characters are familiar types, but the execution makes it shine. It's light-hearted but the writer has a keen eye for portraying the nuances of human personalities.

I know a lot of viewers dislike the secondary couple's relationship mainly because of Fu Pei, but I'm enjoying the purposeful parallels and contrasts drawn between their relationship and the main couple's.

I deeply disapprove of Fu Pei's non-consensual last-ditch efforts towards Momo, but I do sense that he's ready to change; he's just afraid to. I'm curious to see how Fu Pei learns and grows from this painful experience. Also, thanks to Shan Shan, their relationship at this point is actually more grounded in honest communication than Wei Yi and Momo's.

Weiyi and Momo are going around in circles by stonewalling each other whenever a misunderstanding occurs regarding Yu Yin (the lab senior) or Fu Pei. They're really cute together, but this is something they need to work out before their relationship can progress.

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I actually really liked how Fu Pei as a character was initially set up. His fear of being abandoned by people he loves which results in his noncommittal attitude or indecisiveness is understandable, pitiable, and human. I think that he does get more hate from the fans of the show because he is such a stark contrast to all the other delightful 🌈🌈🌈, 🦄🦄🦄, and 🍬🍬🍬 the drama offers! I also cannot help but feel that because the pacing of the drama is brisk that the show is lingering on his indecisiveness for a little too long and not exhibit much growth in the 12 episodes we have seen. I do want to see satisfying growth from Fu Pei, but hopefully it will happen before I no longer care about him.

I love love love the epilogue of episode 11 when Wei Yi confronts Shan Shan regarding her actions. I think that is what prompted her to be open and direct with Fu Pei earlier that episode.

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I missed the second half of today's rabbit watch. The epilogue is gold! This is what I like about the show, issues like this get nipped in the bud.

As for Weiyi and Momo, I don't think it's a lack of honest communication. That was however true between Fu Pei and Momo in the past. It took some time for Weiyi to realize he's in love with Momo and thanks or no thanks to his scientifically wired brain and well meaning geek counterparts, his methods of confessing are hilarious and probably played for laughs.

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I still think it is, especially in Ep12. And mainly for Mo Mo. It's true that she doesn't know Wei Yi likes her yet because his confessions were too hilarious convoluted, but she doesn't have to know he likes her in order to be honest with her feelings (cf Shan Shan approaching Fu Pei even though she knew he had lingering feelings for Mo Mo).

Even with her best friend, Mo Mo is not willing to admit that she likes Wei Yi and is hence jealous, so she goes around exhibiting her displeasure in passive aggressive ways. She never asks him what his relationship is with Yu Yin, and when he gets mad (at Fu Pei appearing), she doesn't try to find out why. She responds to his stonewalling by stonewalling him back.

It's not new, too, as we saw her behave this way when Fu Pei failed to keep his promises (which is wrong of him, but she never verbalises her anger, and instead avoids confronting him about it).

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I love your analysis, @purpleteapot! I do wish that MoMo is more open about her mopeyness too much in E11 and 12, but I don't mind her pettiness too much since she is all wrapped up in her confusion and annoyance about Wei-yi's half-conscious kiss. But I am also aware that I love this OTP so much and their shenanigans (oh what a fresh drama confession from our science geek!) at this cute stage of blossoming feelings that I can overlook minor offenses.

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That confrontation was definitely needed, because Shan Shan crossed the line by bringing Fu Pei into Wei Yi's house, but I wish Wei Yi said it better. I don't think Shan Shan was trying to be a hero, but rather she genuinely wanted to give Fu Pei another chance to attain closure.

Also, regarding Fu Pei's growth, I think we already see it quite clearly in his conversation with Shan Shan in Ep12. It was a big step for both of them, and the way they expressed their feelings and what they wanted was refreshingly direct.

I adored the leads, but Momo's passive aggression and the way she kept throwing things and slamming doors in Ep12 really turned me off. I don't like that it's only Wei Yi who has to go around figuring out why she's behaving this way. Just as Wei Yi spoke to Shan Shan because he's clear that he likes Mo Mo and wants to win her over somehow without messy entanglements with Fu Pei, I hope that Mo Mo can learn to be similarly honest with her feelings and try to clear up things with Yu Yin.

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Possessed (unremittingly sad, sad, sad, did I mention sad?) Haechi (Yay, for our team!) Doctor Prisoner (32 Dimensional chess with a rich crazy guy) Confession (We draw very complicated charts)

I haven't been back to Waikiki or Kill It. I am on a cruise for a week, but I think I am going to pick up Nokdu flower. It will be good to see Yoon Si Yoon

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He is Psychometric -- Ji-Soo! 💔😥 I'm trying to prepare myself for the last two episodes. Who is Hyung? What exactly did he do?
Her Private Life -- I'm mostly following it for Ryan Gold now.
Put Your Head On My Shoulder -- well, thank you very much, Beanies, for introducing this C-drama to me 💕. I'm up to episode 11 now. What a fun watch!

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I recently rewatched the family drama “Father is Strange” and even liked it better the second time around (got to fast forward through the characters and storylines that weren’t favorites). Overall a really good family drama with an awesome oldest daughter but my favorite character was the supposed “long lost brother” (Lee Joon). I completely enjoyed his romance with the middle sister (Jung So Min). They must have enjoyed it also as they became a couple in real live.

I highly recommend this drama to anyone who enjoys family dramas.

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Ahhh such a good drama! You’re making me want to rewatch it!

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Ok officially making my first comment here, hello hello!!

He Is Psychometric: I'm really surprised with how everything turned out, in a good way. I've seen people saying they didn't like Ji Soo dieing and Seong Mo being a killer (or whatever he is seriously), I understand why they say it, but i can say that it was a turn that i didn't expect a drama like this to do, so I like it. Of course i'll miss her A LOT. In the beggining I couldn't see where the whole drama was going to but now I thing everything is being settled nicely.

Welcome To Waikiki 2: I thing I'm enjoying the second season more than the first one. Lovely and funny as always, it really makes my mood after a hard day. Jun Ki really brings me the happiness i need.

My Mister: After my best friend constantly telling me to watch it, as it is one of her favourite kdramas, now that it is Easter holidays for me i finally started it, I also wanted to watch something sad. I have watched 5 episodes and for sure it is an amazing drama so far. I though i would get bored with all these buissnes talk but i don't do so much. Also every time my best friend talks about a kdrama that she loved I always find something that I dont't like or lose the excitement , I don't want this to happen to this one too... help

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My mister becomes better and better episode after episode. You won't regret watching it!

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Wecome to DB, @stankylaa! I'm watching different shows, so cannot comment. But I suspect other Beanies will chime in. Keep posting. ;-)

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Welcome aboard @stankylaa and registered too! Like my pal @pakalanapikake I am not watching the same dramas but I love your picture. Seo Kang-joon fan here.

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My Mister is already a classics in the kdrama hall of game. It’s a piece that will stay with you for a long, long time! Humility is what it’s about.

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Welcome~!

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Romance Is A Bonus Book: EP 5 I didn't think I'd watch this given how rom-coms for some reason don't really hold me anymore but I started on a whim and now I'm suprisngly hooked! Sure, he first few episodes are clunky and made me question whether we we're settling into the same damsel-in-distress and genius-hero roles but by episode 4 our leads showed such amazing growth, friendship, history, vulnerability and strength, that I couldn't look away. They proved they were victims of circumstance and would use their own talents to dig their way out of it even though the methods might not follow the book. Plus, I love how societal commentary is wistfully tackled and how they developed Eun Ho's ex-girlfriend's camaraderie and potrayed her relationship with her girlfriend. Also the elevator scene with Dani and Hae Rin (2nd FL) was 🙌🙌👏👏 in the respect and snippets of friendship we we're shown.

Suspicious Partner: EP 18 I don't know. I don't know why I'm so harsh with this drama. I really liked the zippy, fast paced nature of the first few episodes but now it seems like the story's dragging and if that wasn't annoying enough, I can't stand the FL anymore. I know many caring, almost naieve, innocent people IRL but I don't understand how someone so gullible and prone to making the same (almost stupid) mistakes could end up being a lawyer/attorney and working in that field, especially since I know how much you need to apply what you've learnt to individual cases. Ugh I want to shake her shoulders so she wakes up. She's been to jail already!

Last WOW 🙌🙌👏👏👏👏👏 Watching this drama was like being teleported to the future in a vortex that spun your mind in a hundred different directions. This was utterly splendid from start to finish. Last was one of those dramas that never lost it's momentum and somehow managed to just get better every friking episode. So much goes on that your jaw drops when you've realised it's only been a couple of hours. Tagging along with a hero and a rag tag group of homeless hobos, who is on the brink of evil and then seeing him climb up in a world that brims of evilness was delicious. There's so much moral greyness, history, pride and an evil hieriachy to boot, in this drama that it's hard to look away. One of the best dramas for me.

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I didn't like Bong-Hee in Suspicious parter very much, too (her personality AND the fact that she doesn't wash up when busy...). And yes, the story drags in the middle, but the killer storyline is well written, and there is JCW...

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JCW and the thrill of finding the murder were 👏👏

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Bong Hee is one of my favourite character. She's strong, not too innocent about relationship with the opposite sex, she says when she needs help, she tries to work on her feelings to avoid being a burden, she tries her best to be a lawyer when everybody thinks she's a killer.

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I really liked Bong Hee initially but I think she rubbed me the wrong way later on with her childishness. Her determination and confidence were amazing tho.

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Her childishness?

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She was a narcissist. It became really obvious in the back half when she turned everything that ever happened into being about her. Some things aren't about you, dear. Noble idiocy just makes it more about you.