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Open Thread #602

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Been in such a long slump that I need to see the schedule to know what dramas are airing.

Is Nokdu Flower any good?

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I just read the first EP recap and I liked it.

Or was it JO JUNG SUK🀷🏻🀷🏻🀷🏻

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Seconding this question! I've been in a really long slump too. Without having seen any of it, though, I can say that the writer is pretty solid as far as sageuk goes.

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Watched the premiere & it was great! Very dark mood & some tidbits of humour here and there that helps digest the story a lil better. Try out the first hour of the show, see if you like its tone :)

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Regardless of the hype, I felt "meh"...

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I'm just glad there is a drama dealing with this period and hope it is not depressing.

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Do you know the real history of this rebellion? And historical kdramas aren't afraid of depressing. But maybe there will be a glimmer of hope at the end...on the other hand, not so much.

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I haven’t been able to watch anything since SKY Castle ended...

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Also not watching any drama with regularity; currently watching variety shows instead. Saw short trailer for Spring Night, which clearly looks like Noona Part 2.

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Well y'all, thanks to Possessed I am in a drama slump. I have no motivation to watch Woohoo Waikiki 2 (I am now 2 weeks behind). This week I tried to watch Her Private Life and Healer, but couldn't get into them. Let's hope Abyss and The Secret Life of My Secretary help pull me out of it next week.

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Possessed depressed and disappointed me, so thank goodness I have Special Labour Inspector Jo to cheer me up. Oddly, they're not that different - both are about good people vs great evil - but SLIJ does it without unnecessary bloodshed and with a lot more LOLs.

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Inspector Jo is good. Unfortunately, I'm really behind right now due to my schedule with real life. Thank you Kim Ban Di. It's been a while there is quality fun/comedy korean drama which has alot of heart. It's really can balance out Beautiful World.

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Thanks to Possessed, I'm now watching a 2014 50-ep family drama.

Fighting, my fellow sufferers.

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2014? 50 episodes?? Is it the fabulous Yoona's Street??!

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I'm watching Wonderful Days. I'm not expecting it to be as good as Yoona's Street - which is on a very short list of family dramas I've actually finished.

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It's the only family drama I've ever finished...

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YOONA's STREET <3.

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Oho! Dimple ahjusshi Lee Seo Jin in Wonderful days! πŸ˜‰

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Ah that was my first family drama! Lee Seo Jin's twin sister deserved more screen time. Her storyline was the most interesting but the less developed.

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I vaguely remember - I think I liked Taecyeon and smart twins (child actors are always good)

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Seeing Park Bo Gum as a high-school version of Lee Seo Jin was a bit of a surprise. It's one of those dramas that has EVERYBODY in it

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It’s a story that moves at its own stately pace...but I thought it had interesting characters and some wonderful acting. I especially appreciated the actress playing LSJ’s twin sister, the family matriarch, and the young dominant girl twin...

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Possessed left me feel so hollow. Too many deaths (literally their whole row of section in the office is wiped out), too many sufferings. And who would've guess that Dae Doo can be exterminated in a somewhat similar fashion to Park Il Doo (The Guest)? Are they long lost kin? ~~

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I think there's only one member of the entire cast still alive at the end of the show.

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Thanks to Possessed characters deaths in just completed dramas don't faze me πŸ˜‚ And I need fluff!

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A few extra thoughts on Her Private Life (semi-spoilers, be warned<3):

This show has been strong in some ways (NOT COUNTING YOU EPISODE 8), but it has been really week in creating strong conflict. I think that's why they had to resort to the lame tropes that came up in 8. There's all these micro-conflicts...the mystery painter, the celebs who won't donate art, the fake relationship, the fangirling secret identity, Cindy at work, why Ryan quit painting, etc...but there's not any one conflict that's strong enough to bear the weight of the show. I'm thinking back to Pinocchio...how the "mystery" they were trying to solve was the driving action, but it also had a way to allow lots of other smaller conflicts and dynamics...but you always knew the plot was moving forward because of their search for the truth. HPL feels a little more episodic, in a way, but I wish it were not. Maybe we are supposed to care more about the painter of the bubbles and Ryan's history, but I don't really... And I suspect that because there's no real conflict in the plot, the major conflict will end up being relationship angst between Ryan/Deok-mi. Bleh. I'm planning to stick around to the end--I like this show overall, and I'm eager to see what happens when Latte's identity is discovered (and i love the friendship between Deok-mi and Sun-joo), but I'm bracing myself a bit too now.

ALSO CAN WE TALK ABOUT WHY A THUMB KISS? i mean that genuinely: why? I felt like we were supposed to believe that Ryan is starting to have feelings for Deok-mi...and so why not just real kiss her and then blame it on Cindy? That was literally done just to irritate viewers and i for one am...irritated. The dream kiss was less annoying than the thumb kiss honestly.

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this isn't being recapped right? Is there another place we're talking about HPL?

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thx!

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I was ok with the thumb kiss. I mean at first I was, "What??" But then I think he is the type of guy that would need some form of concent. It is a fake relationship so no implied concent with an established intimacy. He just sort of went for it with no warning or build up.
Plus, if he had kissed her then the next step would of been pulling the rug out from under her, because it was for show.

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ok yeah fair point. i GUESS it makes sense when you point out the type of guy he is, that a real kiss would not have been in-step with his character. (and, fwiw, i DO appreciate that this show is mostly trying to make him a man who understands and respects women's boundaries....there's been a few exceptions...but overall I've been impressed with that)

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And he kissed his thumb so well, lol.

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lolololol

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Just realized how I spelled consent. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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You know, now that you mention it, the conflicts really are weak. I do like the show and love the acting, but the tension is meh. It reminds me of Strong Woman Bong Soon in that regard. And, now that I think of it, Ryan Gold reminds me of Jung Woo in Temperature of Love, both characters played by Jae Wook. This is not a complaint ^^

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i think the acting and the casting will save this show. I'm not expecting it to be a train wreck or anything -- just hoping there's not too much noble idiocy or fallout from simple miscommunications.

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... and I hope we won't find out that Ryan and DM knew each other when they were children. That memory of DM's mum scared me... too many children there...

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i wondered that, too. eeps

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Totally agree with you. The characterization of Ryan is supposed to make us understand his insecurities but the plotting isn't making use of that characterization. Even his protecting the gallery staff as if they are family is a bit too muted. And once again, i say the folks in that gallery have no personality. This is a case where if we want the story to be about the main characters, we have to focus on the secondary characters. Counter-intuitive but definitely the way to go. Around this time, we need to figure out what is going on with Shi An. It's not that the story is too slow, it's that it is too lacking in courage about what it wants to say and so resorted to tropes.

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At the beginning of 2019, I thought it was going to be a brilliant year for dramas. With the excellent Children of Nobody, Sky Castle continuing from last year and then going onto The Light In Your Eyes, things were looking good. No sight of tired tropes and weak endings. Did I celebrate too soon?

The number of rants on fan walls seems to outnumber the raves. I guess I am not missing much. There's more than half a year to go and who knows maybe I'd be pleasantly surprised late into the year.

This week I tried Nokdu Flower. Somehow it depresses me and I could continue no further. I was thinking how is it that the society hasn't change that much since then? Besides the celebrities caught in the Burning Sun scandal, are there no 'big names' involved? The scale of corruption must be massive and and the big and powerful continue to live with impunity. One of my pet peeves was how kdramas always make the Big Bad a very powerful person. Sure, American movies and dramas do that too but usually the bad guy hides his true colors very well. Not so in kdramas, they behave badly in the open but always have minions or friends in high places to cover them. Seems like reality is not so far off?

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I'd say this scandal is such a big trigger in driving me away from dramas. Unfortunately we live in a world where one good common man can't solve the evil going on from decades. And this scandal in specific is horrible. I don't even see the people involved as celebs rather criminals. And I keep hearing there is very less solid evidence to get those involved prisoned longer. I belive the really bad people/evil doers didplay their bad qualities with tgeir entourage. No one is blatantly evil in front of all people.

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Ugh sorry for the typos. I am settling in a new phone. This jbtw is the 4th out of 6 comments in this thread rn that talks about drama slump. There is defo sth wrong with the dramas being offered.

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The problem with some of the prosecution is that the investigations took too long to complete, so evidence was destroyed by the suspects. In addition, it took a long time for some of the victims to come forward to testify. Without solid collaborating evidence, Korean prosecutors are leery to indict and judges more likely to dismiss. I am beginning to wonder if the investigations will hit a wall and not be able to uncover wealth family crimes associated with the scandal.

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If only it was like in Big Issue.

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Maybe somebody was postponing the sizing warrant to make the evidence destroyed. It's little bit odd that all those journalists working on discovering dirty things are now closely watched by police for protection, so they can't continue their job. It is getting nowhere and it will be forgotten.

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The police are now investigating a chat group of 200 TV producers and reporters for illegally sharing among themselves the Burning Sun evidence including illicit videos.

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@welh I've just finished reading it. But the problem is why they don't investigate those people behind the curtain. Hang Hana got free while Yoochun got arrested and it was enough to believe her that was him who made her use drugs. The police is still covering lots of things and they will blame the media but the truth is the CEOs of medias are probably friends with those behind all of this so there will be always some kind of manipulation of public.

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The Burning Sun "scandal" has, as I am slowly realising, had a definite impact on my relationship with my favorite idols. I was never one to bias actors, but idols were a whole other issue. But even though none of the idols I follow are involved in this, since March, I can't really bring myself to watch and enjoy Vlives, aegyo antics, etc etc. I don't fangirl much (except over their music) and follow them & their activities much less. I guess you could say I'm finding it harder to buy the pretty facade the industry is selling.

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Reality really isn't that far off, as you say.

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You know I am not into kpop but long time ago, I used to listen to DBSK and watch their videos. My fave then was Junsu. This week reading news of Park Yoochun's confession and likely imprisonment made me sad.

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What a sad human being. I hope he has the willpower and ability to change in the future. His brother said he was "so scared he couldn't sleep or eat..." wonder if he realizes that's how scared the women felt who were sexually abused by him. Then he turned to drugs to escape reality..
My question is how much do fangirls who mob and stalk kpop and kdrama stars play a part in the actors having all kinds of problems, not being able to live anywhere near a normal life. There seem to be some personalities that can deal with the fame, and some personalities who are too introverted and nervous and can't handle it.

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I don't think he will ever realise that - self-pity is stronger. But I'm impressed by korean law - for serious rape under influence of alcohol with showing no remorse you'll get less prison time than a person who needs rehab.

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Not many can deal with fame. It gives power and an inflated sense of self.

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Yoochun was always my favorite. His life story just got me. I wasn't surprised about the meth thing because i suspect these idols have hard lives and they could veer toward depression or vice or even arrogance if they aren't careful. But that sex thing. Ah man.

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There are many many men who consider women as objects to be used and sometimes I wonder if it's more than 50% of the male population.
Obsessed fangirls mobbing idols en masse don't help.

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But is it even possible for any industry to constantly churn outstanding products?

Burning Sun is a sign of political turmoil in SK, all this cases involves higher ups connected to former president and government, even case 0, the initial assaulter in the club was revealed to be Choi Shin Sil nephew.

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This cycle of rise and fall repeats itself in everything that man does.

I never thought so deeply into it, I just wanted good shows. Come to think about it, I had hoped kdramas was improving after a string of shows impressed me eg. FOS, My Ahjussi, Sky Castle and The Light In Your Eyes.

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I'm looking forward to Different Dreams, except I'm a little concerned they call it "melo".
As you already know, I'm mostly watching c-dramas right now because of the kdrama slump. Oh, there's an interesting HanCinema article about OCN. I couldn't find the one on MBC but I think they're the ones that are doing away with Monday dramas. I'll keep searching. Anyway, things aren't looking good in the industry.
https://www.hancinema.net/ocn-aims-to-restore-pride-with-proven-sequels-save-me-2-and-voice-3-129267.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0hT8143eaYVsTXukXl3-rPwniXm4tQauiVcxh71VidLrAU2W9_GSEgwHw

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Interesting. I heard about changing drama air time, but not this. Will see what happens.

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There is also a "Netflix Effect." Netflix has a huge production budget, including Korean dramas, that has inflated the cost of talent and production through the industry. In addition, just as in the US decades ago, multiple cable channels dilute viewership for the main networks causing significant revenue declines in a fragmented market. In the US, "reality" shows were much cheaper to produce so the spectrum entertainment was awash with bad television.

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I've noticed more and more dramas being added to Viki and Kocowa.

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These days, I can't really differentiate tVN, OCN from the 3 stations.

Save Me and Voice started strong but lost me towards the end. Still, they were interesting especially Save Me.

If I have to pin point what is the biggest problem in kdramas now, I'd say it's the writing. First, a coherent plot from start to finish whether it's an unique premise or a slice of life. Secondly, well written, fleshed out characters with lovely details.

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Biggest problem perhaps - it's like a dozen mediocre Salieres to one Mozart. Or like when an author writes something new and original, fans clamor for more of the same but after a few more the author runs out of ideas.

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It is also the networks who want a "safe" familiar formula to sell to advertisers.

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Right now I'm all about Her Private Life and Put Your Head on My Shoulder.

Oh and The Story of Minglan. @kimbapnoona when do the OTP start interacting with one another?

I'm still into Reach of Sincerity and Forest of Secrets , but they just got pushed back a little.

Dropped Psychometric and Possessed. I loved the characters and I'm (somewhat) ok with no one is safe storytelling, but I just felt like they'd depress me. I just wasnt in the right frame of mind to go dark right now.

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The Story of Minglan- From what I can remember the story starts picking up steam after episode 20. It does take a while for the OTP to officially get together though. But there is a lot that happens between those two from the very start of the story through the end. One of my all-time most loved asian dramas.

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MINGLAN <3. Love this drama to pieces!

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT!
It's been a pretty good week or two despite stupidly letting a kiddy chair fall on my toe and not being able to wear 'work' shoes as a result. The swellings' gone but walking with the wrong shoes means I limp a bit.

Still I was able to enjoy a long drive (where I drove, and long by my standards means more than 38 KM) to the Western end for dinner and for the view of a great sunset, by way of an anniversary celebration. I've also been shopping and working both from home and at the office, making sure I have my meals within a short walking distance.

As for shows, I (we) am (are) sadly waiting for subs for Confession. Something is going on with Subscene, because at last attempt to access it, it still said it was 'Temporarily unavailable', and this since Tuesday at least.

In the meantime, I've taken to watching something fluffy and fun instead: the web-cdrama Put Your Head on My Shoulder (PYHOMS or Head on Shoulder which is less of a mouthful), and am enjoying it rather a lot, usual tropes and all.

The tsundere guy is actually great bf material, and there are times he does actually smile his slightly crooked smile which can be endearing. The girl is likable and not dumb, although she starts off with a crush on someone else. The whole falling in love business with both parties for a change not diametrically opposite or at loggerheads, and with the full support of family even, makes for a fresh taken on campus-first loves, and is a lot of fun to watch. It has the nice vibes of youthful romance like Love O2O, and hopefully less of the irritating side characters and the same amount of trusting, secure boyfriend!

So far 12 out of 24 episodes are subbed ... I hope they continue to get subbed before I hit episode 10!!

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Looks like 13 is up.
https://youtu.be/UFqd2ym8ZTA

Love my job but 4 hours of sleep. Would love to curl up with this instead and then nap.

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Thanks @bcampbell1662 Beverly!

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Talk about their families, the parents are a hoot!

Both Wei Yi and Momo do get jealous but it's portrayed more as petty than serious and often for laughs. No misunderstanding gets dragged out for long.

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@outofthisworld and all those enjoying Put Your Head on My Shoulder ... If you enjoy meticulous reviews that dissect ad hoc aspects of the show, you may want to read what 'Bitches Over Dramas' will say about this show. She's starting her watch and she'll give loads of comments about all kinds of things, especially interpreting what the characters are saying/meaning.

https://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/05/03/put-your-head-on-my-shoulder-ep-1-2-first-impressions/

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Wow! I didn't read this much into their first meeting where Wei Yi crashed into Fu Pei and Momo.

This drama though fluffy has some very interesting and good lines. It's exactly what attracted me to the show. Momo may look like a wide-eyed innocent gal but she's much more than that.

By the way, I am glad I am not the only one who thought Fu Pei = Shar Pei!

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Cool. thanks for the link. I also stumbled into PYHoMS. The lead looks a bit like the lead in My ID is Gangdam Beauty. While waiting for the next episodes after 12, I came across Let Coup De Foudre (love at first sight), another ongoing cdrama. This caught me too. Lead actress is great. Trying to think why I am suddenly hooked on these types(school transitioning to work). No need to think hard really- visuals are great. Light story lines. Kdrama slump, for me, can be due to lack of strong actor/actress presence in any shows now.

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Good to know that you're liking Head and/on Shoulders too @merry! You're right in that I kept thinking of the lead in Gangnam Beauty when I was watching this too. Same style, similar look ...

It's great to 'live' vicariously a youth that may not be similar to our own!!

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@growingbeautifully Hope your foot heals soon!

I also saw the site regarding the subbing situation. Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon. I know we're all waiting patiently to see what awaits our trusty quartet.

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Beanies, if you would like to join the Rabbit to group watch raw episodes (17-20) of Put Your Head on My Shoulder with live voice translation, please join us this weekend! Cannot believe that the show is ending next week. It has been the perfect spring fling!

Details on the FW: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/kimbapnoona/activity/769271/

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psssssssttt!!! Your chance to hear kimbapnoona live!

If you need a drama to lighten up your mood, this show is it! It's incredibly funny and sweet.

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Hi Everyone! ..... I hope you are all doing well today.

My Fellow Citizens - After seeing actor Kim Eui-sung in serious fare such as Six Flying Dragons and Mr. Sunshine, it's been quite interesting to see him in a comedy such as this.

The Fiery Priest - Oh no! The young priest got so seriously hurt in the last episode I watched! I have two more episodes left to watch and to find out what happened. I hope he's ok.

Doctor Prisoner - I'm having too much fun watching this with everyone trying to outdo each other.

Confession - Patiently waiting along with our fellow Beanies for the new subbed episodes.

Her Private Life - On a completely frivolous note, I've never been particularly fond of "V-neck" attire on men ...... then, the male lead in this comes along and just like that, makes it work.

That's all for now. Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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Imagine, we'll be getting the next episode of Confession tomorrow night but no subs for the previous 2!!! Well, it just means more wild speculation, ... which can sometimes be rather creative and a whole bunch of fun!

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Sometimes the speculations get more creative than the actual shows! *laughing* But it is fun.

Are you going to watch the new episodes raw or hold off until we get the subs for the last ones?

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I will watch them raw, as I normally do anyway, and see if I can make head or tail of what goes on. If I think I understand any of it, I'll probably attempt creative speculation again, which so far has not been all that accurate!! πŸ˜‚

How about you? Are you going to wait until the subs come out?

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I've been this close to watching the eps raw! I'm so tempted to do that, but I haven't been that brave yet! Heh!

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@growingbeautifully @korfan It's a shame there doesn't seem to be a DM option here for me to share more info. If you are on the Soompi thread for Confession or on Twitter (just search up the hashtag for Confession), there is someone kindly helping for ep11-12 for anyone who wants to watch and catch eng subs to know what's going on before the next episode airs.

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@korfan @tofuetoffee
Thanks @tofuetoffee KX for the heads-up!

The best way to DM me is through email. I've never minded putting my email out here, which I've done multiple times, and it's great to read Beanies who care to write.

[email protected] :-)

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@tofuetoffee Thanks for sharing the info!

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@tofuetoffee @korfan
The good news is that I am able to get the link to watch Confession Ep 11 and 12 with subs. I had to stop partway through Ep 11 as RL called, but I think I should be able to watch before tonight's airing. :-D

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Confession- Sorry I can't tell you what all happened, but you will have surprise at the end of ep 12, and I can't wait to watch the tomorrow's episode.

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@fanwho That's ok, fan! I'll find out in due time. Looking forward to it. :)

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Hehehe I often noticed Ryan’s tops. He’s only been wearing v-necks!

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Kim Eui-sung is among my favorite villains in both films and dramas. He is just as good when playing the opposite role too.

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He Is very good. I love him in My Fellow Citizens!

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@kiara Indeed.

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I have noticed the v-necks and while most of them aren't bad, I did roll my eyes at his suit jacket without a shirt v-neck in ep. 8. It kept making me think of Trash's brother at the wedding in Reply 1994. Seriously, a shirt sometimes makes sense... His brown trousers in the beginning of ep. 8 made me think of Life on Mars - because they looked like a 1980's throw back. The man was made to wear clothes, so I'm not really complaining but there have been some more "artistic" wardrobe choices for him than our usual leading man...

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@csmith I do agree with you on the *eyeroll* regarding the shirtless suit jacket.

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I haven't sub-stalked something with the same intensity in a really long time. Confession's lack of subs is killing me and since it's all talk, talk, talk, I've been reluctant to watch it raw. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one fretting and searching for those subs!

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@csmith "...sub-stalked..." Heh! An apt description! It pretty much sums things up.

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Woman, i am telling you! This guy works his shoulders in ALL his dramas! And that sexy neck bone! He knows he looks great in v-necks!

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Hi everyone? Just wanted to say happy Friday to all the Beanies.

Right now I'm watching KILL IT and wow that guy is really merciless to his targets. I'm just curious if everything come in the open will anyone understand him or has he gone way too far to be understood.

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Happy Friday to you too!

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I didn't like the way the guy/the hero of the show was written (yeah I blame the writer)- He has growth but he went too far to be forgiven. Well I liked how it was filmed-sleek.

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Happy weekend Beanies!

My happy workplace bubble got damaged this week. My workplace if officially bilingual, but of course in reality the other language dominates my native language. I speak and understand the other language well enough to converse and I know that will improve as time goes on, but when it comes to receiving trainings and course materials I put my foot down. However, since I am the only new hire with my native language, I have to wait much longer for my translated course materials and an instructor who shares my native language. I was even sent back from a training session, because the instructor was not able to teach bilingually. In her defense, it was not easy for me either, so I understand why.

At first I did not mind too much, because that meant I would get an instructor all to myself later, until another problem showed up. Apparently my work is all right, but my working pace is deemed too slow. Since I am not fast enough yet at the basic tasks, they cannot give me any training until I improve. The silver lining is that I get one extra week to improve, but I am afraid I will not make it. Of course I will try my best, but I have been doing that my whole life in all areas and I am still the same turtle. I hope they will not punish or fire me for this.

Romance is a Bonus Book offered some unexpected comfort on that topic this week. I decided to try and finish this show this week in order to catch up on and start the airing dramas from next week onwards. Around episode 14 Dan-I is leaving our beloved workplace behind and struggling in her new one. Needless to say that was very relatable. I hope I too can hold on for a year, just like she plans to do.

My biggest problem this week has to be the K-drama premieres for Kim Young-Kwang and Park Bo-Young next week. I am already behind on Special Labor Inspector Jo and cramming Her Private Life in weekends, so I should not take on more K-dramas. If anyone has a time turner or TARDIS for rent that would be great.

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Oh no! I don't like the unexpected turn your job has taken. I hope it turns out well.

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I just had to get it off my chest on OT, since I received the bad news only this morning. Thank you for the support, I hope I can give you better news in the next OT :)

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Keeping my fingers crossed for you @turtuallysarcastic. Will be looking out for your updates.

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Thank you, I appreciate you saying that :)

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Oh no, I'm sorry to hear the bad news! As someone who also works quite slowly, I can guess how disheartening it must feel to be told that. After all, it's not that you're doing badly. It's quite hard to make yourself work faster if that's just not how you work. I wish modern workplaces were more conducive for us slothies who appear slow but are actually putting in every ounce of strength into what we do.

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Your comment is an ode to all turtles and slothies out there. Thank you for writing this, most people just tell me to speed up and that is that (I understand that they mean well, but still). It is nice to have someone on my side who understands what it is like :)

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Aye aye. When I shared with my favourite prof/ thesis supervisor how I was told to work faster at my previous workplace, she enacted this little monologue: "Be faster!" "I can't!" -eyes wide and innocent, arms spread open helplessly-

Gave me a good laugh, but it's so true. Some people are fast, some people aren't. May we all someday find peace with the way we work!

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Beans, I need serious advice. How can I get myself a Ryan Gold or a Gu Wei Yi in real life? Mostly a Gu Wei Yi. Forget their looks, I mean their personalities. <3 What am I doing wrong?

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❀❀❀❀Love Gu Wei Yi, but he's a harder sell in RL, most females will NOT be blown away by his poetic declaration of love using physics equations

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But Momo wasn't too! She didn't even understand them!

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That's why they're going to be a great couple...

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hahaha most people wouldn't understand those poetic declarations, much like Momo! :D

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What do you like about Wei Yi?

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Fair question. I like how observant and thoughtful he is. It's in the little things that he really shows he cares for Momo. And despite him sending his mum away in an earlier episode, I'm fairly certain he must be equally caring about her. Additionally there's no conceit/deception/hidden motives in this - he likes the person and therefore he is nice to them. Other than that, I really appreciate how focused he is about his work. Again, without deception.

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The bad news - not many guys are as observant and thoughtful as Wei Yi. Usually it's the girls who are more tuned to others' mood and feelings.

Forget about finding the perfect man. We all know it's not possible. However, do know what values and traits are important to you. Sometimes even if the guy looks like a good match on paper but you feel zero attraction, it's also useless. The body and heart react first then the head.

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Great advice. Also, looking too hard for someone may not work out either. Methinks that there is already someone smitten with @greenfields but gaining the courage to actually ask her out. I’m of the opinion that if someone is pursuing you sincerely, they’ll probably be more thoughtful than someone you pursue. And the tsundere types are usually the shy types too.

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This is so true. And I do know frankly what I'm doing wrong - not giving anyone a chance, because I find relationships stressful.

@ally-le - HAHAHAHHAA I really hope so. You're also right. Those doing the pursuing are more likely to be thoughtful.

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And he is ready to do some plumbing.......for points.

He is so sweet and sincere.

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@greenfields Not to worry, it's not you ... guys in whom the combination of adjectives such as sensitive, thoughtful, other-centred and medium-sized ego resides, exist in very small numbers... and then they are not easy to recognise, even when we somehow meet them. We may be put off by their tsundere exteriors or braininess or something.

But, the good news is that both parties in a relationship can and do change to better fit, not the ideal, but the other person. (Caveat: not easy... but possible with commitment and patience!)

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Yup - that's definitely good news. Hahahaha
I'm feeling my annual summer pangs of "I'd like to have a romantic partner". You're right though - one probably misses out because of some other factor.

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I haven’t had a drama to watch since the ending of The Light in Your Eyes.
But, after baeksang awards, i think i should start watching My Ahjussi.

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Good choice.

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Best choice!!
Prepare yourself to be smitten, turn into pieces very slowly, and then recover.... if you can.... LOL

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I’m having difficulty getting through Radiant for whatever reason, but My Ahjusshi was also a difficult watch for me, but it’s worth it.

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Same here! (about Radiant) I'm stuck on ep 9 and can't go on to ep 10. Its not that its not good but I think the material is quite depressing to me....

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Somehow they managed to make the ending dazzling. That was quite a miracle.

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I'll definitely get past this depressed feeling and march towards the end (when I am ready). Been hearing some good reviews on the ending :)

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I’m stuck on ep 6

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I made it a little further than you then! But I remember being stuck around that same area.... Each episode just felt really longgg for some reason...

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Do like I do and fast forward thru a few scenes. You can always go back if needed.

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Same! I got stuck even earlier, at ep6. I think I just wasn't ready for it mentally. But now that the stress of job-hunting is gone, I'm ready to pick it up again.

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I did struggle with Radiant though. I paused at 4 episodes and talked about it at OT here. The replies made me pick it up again and it felt so rewarding to watch until the end.

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My Ahjussi is so good. Slow and dark at first but rewarding if you stick with it.

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My Ahjussi is worth it!

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Hi everyone.

Hope everyone is fine. Have a good day ahead!

I have no current drama I'm eager to watch. I stopped watching dramas that I started that includes: Beautiful World, The Banker, Doc Prisoner and My Fellow Citizens.

Last drama that got me super hooked was The Last Empress. Makes me wonder am I actually a makjang fan since I like TLE so much? Hahaha

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Don't worry, your Royal Hotness will be returning soon!

(notice I wrote, "your") :)

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Hehe. Thanks korfan. I'm excited but wary. Mostly excited. 1 month to go! Please start promoting soon~ πŸ˜†

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I feel for you, because I am lost without Hyuk too. @missvictrix please pretty please give us tons of news on SSR and we'll be eternally grateful. 😁😁😁😁

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Yes to more SSR updates πŸ˜‰.

Are you planning to watch Perfume @yyishere? I do. I'll try it out for SSR at first. Hopefully the plot can keep me watching. I'm keeping my expectations on the low on this one. I'm excited for SSR's return though! Hahaha

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Of course. I'm living for it. I miss SSR a lot. I'm so happy he's the lead. June come faster. We can fangirl together lolol.

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I've just finished binge watching Trap and I wanted to start Kill it but after first 5 minutes I decided I needed some variety and wanted sometjing light-hearted instead. Would you be able to recommend something fluffy but not stupid?

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A bunch of us are liking the c-webdrama, Put Your Head on My Shoulder. You can read a bit about it up-thread. Definitely fluffy and not stupid. :-)

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Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check it out :-) It's been ages since I watched a c-drama so I'm really curious how it'll differ from Korean ones.

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I just dropped by to say I miss all of you. I miss watching drama and I can't wait to join head and shoulder watch group.

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Happy Friday, Beanies! I'm happy to announce that after a few difficult months, I finally found a meaningful job in education research 😊

In return for the goodwill Beanies have showed me, I compiled some tips from my job-seeking experience, which I hope will help current and future job-seeking Beanies: http://www.dramabeans.com/activity/p/770108/

I actually accepted the offer last Wednesday, but I was too preoccupied with binge-watching Head & Shoulders to finish my fanwall post πŸ™ˆ I haven't binge-watched anything in a while, so I forgot how disorienting it can be. I gave myself a break and I'm ready to dive back into episode 13-16 this weekend! Will share more thoughts during WWW.

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Congratulations on your new job! And just to say the tips on your fan wall are insightful and great to read. Thank you.

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Thank you! And thanks for reading ^^

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Wow! I copied the link for anyone I meet in the future who is job seeking. Great advice! Congrats on the new job! I hope you find it rewarding!

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Thanks Ally! Yes, please help to spread my hard-earned wisdom πŸ˜‚

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Your post is awesome! I'm going to find a way to archive it somehow :D Thank you so much for sharing your job search experience!! And, congratulations for securing a new job!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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Thank you! If you hit Ctrl+P you should have an option to print the page as a PDF (I use it to archive funny fanwall discussions with other Beanies XD)

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Great idea!! Thank you!

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Thank you! I've saved it as a pdf and I'm sure it will come in handy when I need to start looking for a job. I really appreciate you taking the time to reflect and share on the process :) hope everything works out for you at the new place!

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Thank you! Hope it'll help you when the time comes ^^

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Congratulations on your new job! And a big thank you for sharing your tips!

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Thanks Korfan! ^^

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