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Premiere Watch: The Secret Life of My Secretary, Abyss, Rescue Me 2, Voice 3

This week’s drama premieres are contrasts in light and dark: two fun rom-coms and two creepy thrillers.

 

The Secret Life of My Secretary

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Rom-com
Episode count: 32 episodes (35 minute episodes)

Reasons to watch: Formerly Love at First Sight, this rom-com treads some familiar territory. Kim Young-kwang is the archetypal K-drama boss–attractive, but a prickly perfectionist. When Kim suddenly develops face blindness, he’s forced to rely on his secretary, Jin Ki-joo, to navigate through the world. While Jin Ki-joo is reliable and good at her job…she kind of hates her boss. After she unwittingly impersonates a young chaebol, Kim Jae-kyung, she continues the charade with her boss and the two slowly begin to fall in love. Though Kim Jae-kyung figures out Jin’s ruse, she has her sights set on a different man, Gu Ja-sung. She also seems totally bonkers (in the best way possible) which should be very entertaining.

 

Abyss

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Fantasy, rom-com
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Fantasy, murder, romance, and comedy come together in Park Bo-young’s latest drama. Park and Ahn Hyo-seop star as two murder victims who are magically reincarnated. As if being murdered then reincarnated wasn’t enough to handle, the pair have been resurrected into bodies that bear no resemblance to their previous selves. While Ahn Hyo-seop is thrilled to have been given a physical “upgrade,” Park Bo-young is less than thrilled to have been reborn as someone who’s petite and adorable. Their second chance at life comes with an important mission–to solve their own murders. In order for the duo track down the truth behind their deaths, they’ll have to work together and work to survive in their new bodies.

 

Rescue Me 2

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: OCN
Genre: Thriller
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Rescue Me is back for a second season, this time with a new main cast. Uhm Tae-goo plays the story’s protagonist, a ne’er-do-well who returns to his home village after being released from prison. While Uhm Tae-goo’s been in jail, his little sister Esom has had to fend for herself. His village has seen better days but thanks to a recent natural disaster, residents have been able to claim restitution funds and changes seem to be underway. Chun Ho-jin is a recent arrival to the village who seemingly just wants to help the villagers and to start a “religious group” (i.e. cult). The drama will touch on similar themes as the first season, cults and the ways religion is utilized by false prophets. Taking the reins for Rescue Me 2 is PD Lee Kwon who’s best known for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band.

 

Voice 3

Time slot: Saturday & Sunday
Broadcaster: OCN
Genre: Crime thriller
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Voice 2 ended on a big old banger of a cliffhanger and Voice 3 will be picking up where season 2 left off. Lee Hana reprises her role as a criminal profiler with perfect hearing and Lee Jin-wook also returns as her partner, the determined–but slightly off-balance–detective. They’ll work once more to solve horrifying crimes and track down a serial killer. Though they know who their serial killer is, apprehending him and figuring out the shadowy organization behind him is a different matter. Till now, Lee Hana’s greatest assets have been her perfect hearing and keen intellect. Will Voice 3 see her survive with all of her facilities intact?

 
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Meh. The romcom looks particularly trope-y, like a WWWSK with the temporary blindness trope thrown in to make it even more unoriginal.

I haven't watched the earlier series in the Rescue Me and Voice dramas, and they aren't sounding interesting enough to make it something I want to see.

I need to find some more classic K and C dramas to watch.

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I'd actually recommend the first season of Rescue Me -- I was someone who had a sour opinion on OCN dramas, but that singlehandedly turned things around for me. Seo Ye-ji was a revelation IMO.

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i loved her and her character so much lmao the drama was FULL of stress but oh my god her char is so incredibly well-written and strong

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I looked for “Rescue Me” and found two completely different sdramas by the same name (Rescue Me/Save Me). One is about a girl in a cult. The other looked like a family drama. Not sure which one you guys liked, but neither sounded interesting to me.

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Cult one. Different strokes, I suppose.

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I haven't seen the Voice series, but I second Rescue Me 1. The first few episodes are tough, but after that, it is in the minority of dramas I would actually recommend to others. Woo Do-hwan and Go Joon were the revelation for me :-) .

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Save Me (Rescue Me) was one of the best K-Drama I have ever seen - I concur.
This is why I had to try the second one, even if I feel I'm in a big slump (I have never thought I would say that). The only thing that bothers me is Jo Jae-Yun in a different role. I get that this is not a sequel per se, however I still find it weird.

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I have seen him play very different registers; I am sure he will be able to convince us he is a different person :-) . I just hope the second season is as good as the first one.

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Rescue Me was my favorite dramas of 2017 and continues to be one of my top dramas. It was excellent. Seo Ye-ji was amazing in it.

I haven't seen Voice 2 but I really enjoyed Voice 1. It was an interesting take on a police procedural. I liked it enough that I plan to watch season 2 and 3.

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The Secret Life of My Secretary- Kim Young Kwang. In a Rom Com... that I don't like much on premise alone and I don't know the Director or Writer or any of their dramas well slash at all. ARGH. WHY KYK WHY. Then again I watched all of Father Living in My House lol.

Abyss- sigh. I like both main leads well enough and the premise sounds fun but the director... the director. I haven't finished either High School King of Savvy OR Oh My Ghostess (even for Ziggy and Seul Gi) and both shows I have fundamental issues with thematically and story wise, I started Tomorrow with you for the leads, never picked it up again because of my bad relationship with time travel, and I vehemently dislike The Smile Has Left Your Eyes aka Hundred Million Stars From the Sky. And the writer has one credit and I don't know it...
So will I be able to finish this since I'm live watching? Probably. Will I like how it ends? ... There is a 3 for 3 chance I wont... oh dear.

Rescue Me 2- never seen the first one despite good reviews. Probably wont watch the second one by default even though I love SUFBB.

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Rescue Me 1, *AND despite loving both Seo Ye Ji and Woo Do Hwan...

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I watched the first episode of The Secret Life of My Secretary and watching Kim Young Kwang's accident that causes his faceblindness? Too soon dramaworld, it is still too soon to have a Lookout flashback.

Anyway, it's nothing we haven't seen before, but because I really like KYK I'll give it a few more episodes. Besides, I wasn't expecting anything revolutionary here, and perhaps, just like Her Private Life it will be a mindless and entertaining watch.

Immediately following The Secret Life of My Secretary, I pressed play on Abyss, and Ahn Hyo-Seop's resemblance to Kim Young Kwang is messing with me. Maybe it's the hair. Anyway, first episode seems fine, but I'm not entirely sold yet.

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I like how it's still too soon for us and it's been what... two years???

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I think it will always be too soon. Jang Do-han is one of my favorite characters, and while I wasn't as upset over his ultimate fate as some, because I kind of thought it was gonna happen, it still stings.

I listen to that soundtrack almost every day.

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I knew going into it what happened egads! And I still cried. And I never cry!!!!
He's one of my favourite characters too. If not my favourite dramaland character.
Do you think my heart is up for a rewatch...

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I keep saying I should rewatch, but I haven't been able to do it yet. I should rip off the bandaid and just reenter Jang Do-han's world.

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I agree. He was one of my all time favorite characters. What an amazing performance....

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Watched the first episode of Secret Life of My Secretary As Well. Cheesy, tropey- cheap. But The kind that I like to relax too. Like easy-breezy.
And Boy, are the leads so attractive to look at!

Gonna also try Abyss for ouri Chan!

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I'm searching for a mindless, fun watch to balance the sad and heavy Nokdu Flower and Beautiful World. And Secret Life of My Secretary seems promising on that front. I miss Jin Ki-joo, and Kim Young-kwang in a romcom? Yes, please. I'll check it out later this evening. Hopefully it will be entertaining enough.

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Am also excited with the pairing! And judging from the premise, there won't be any bitchy second lead, yayy.

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The fact that the second leads are going to have their own over-the-top loveline is a definite plus.

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i have some doubts about Abyss but i love the two leads so much that I suspect i will forgive a whole lot just for their sake. bring it on!

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I'm surprised I wasnt expecting Abyss to be on Netflix so soon, I thought it was going to be delayed.

Probably won't watch tonight but curious about it.

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I have face blindness. And it kind of bugs me to have it (mis) used for a trope. I have never seen it portrayed accurately in film. So I'll skip that show. But I'm going to watch Abyss.

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Really? I'd be interested to know where it goes wrong.

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One example. I have some friends (who I haven't seen for a few years.) I remember their names. I can tell you specific details about them. (The wife does ASL signing in her job. The husband has chronic kidney stones.) But I can't remember what they look like. I can remember that she has blonde hair and that he has black curly hair. But if you gave me a line up with people who looked similar I probably couldn't pick them out. However, if they came to my house, I maybe could. Because I'd be in a familiar situation and my brain would say, "you know these people." But if I saw her at "Subway" (had to pick a K-Drama place) I probably would not recognize them. And I'd ignore them, until they said, "hey! Aren't you Wag-a muffin?" And then my brain would say, "these people you don't recognize are friends." I have little "tricks" I use when I'm talking to someone that I have NO CLUE the identity of--just so they don't know I don't know who they are. I say generic things. I'm pretty good at that. My own daughter dyed her hair red and I didn't recognize her when she came home from college. It is no fun. But I'm used to it. I was born this way. I thought it was normal for years. I thought everyone was like this. (I remember in grade 4 I couldn't understand why everyone kept recognizing who I was and I couldn't reciprocate.) I'm pretty intelligent and graduated in the top 15% of my high school, but I can't spell at all. And I'm bad with numbers. But good with logic and trivia memory. I am TERRIBLE at memorization as in poetry. But if it's put to music, I can remember both the lyrics and my part. (I never sing melody.)
As far as other people with Prosopagnosia, I have a fairly mild case. I've watched a documentary about a woman who forgot her husband ever time he was out of her sight. I don't forget my husband, I'm just not really sure what he looks like until I see him. And in the morning, when I wake up, I ALWAYS look older than I think I should. And since you asked, I looked up and now know that brain damage can cause this. So I couldn't have been so "bugged." There are obviously many kinds, degrees, and reasons. (I just remember a Royal Pains (US Cable show) where a person was portray with faceblindness and it showed him seeing blurry faces. And I thought, that's not how it is at all! I see a face without a blur while I look at it. I just can't remember what I saw as soon as it's gone. (To be fair, I don't know how this could be portrayed in a drama.)

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Thank you @barbara-fox Wag-a-muffin for giving us some insight to Prosopagnosia.
The first encounter for me with this condition was Kim Seon-ho’s character in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE.

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The first K-drama I remember with face blindness was "The Girl Who Sees Smells." (The villain had Prosopagnosia.

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I suppose blurring the faces and stuff is the only way they think of to visually express how it must feel? Although clearly it's not working!
It looks like dramas get some pieces of Prosopagnosia right - like in Beauty Inside, how the hero relied on memorising voices, hairstyles and other little cues to recognise people.

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I do remember voices very well. And in high school, I would memorize what my friends were wearing so I could find them from a distance. So (I haven't seen that Drama) that sounds correct to me.

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Oh, school would have been difficult in England then! We're expected to wear uniforms until at least age 16, so it would have been difficult to gauge someone from how their personality manifests.

I skimmed the first two episodes, and I can't tell whether it's good representation so far. Something tells me they're playing with the symptoms of the condition to help the romance along?

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I watched both Abyss and The Secret Life of My Secretary today and enjoyed both. I especially liked the 100 Million Stars cameo with Seo In Guk and Jung So Min together again. Of the two, Abyss was a bit harder to get into as it wasn't coming together smoothly for me. There were some rough edges that never did get refined. We'll see what happens tomorrow. With the Secret Life of My Secretary, I was delighted to see Kim Young Kwang back on screen as his acting always has a way of pulling me in even though I only intended to be watching for the entertainment, but stay for the intensity of him. I'm not familiar with the female main lead in that one, but am enjoying her so far. Yes, I know, I also was not at all into watching anything about facial blindness, (seems totally ridiculous to me) but, I suppose if I can "believe" zillions residents of Dramaland, S Koreans get stabbed every day when I personally have never met a single person in my life who has gotten stabbed - - - then I guess I can believe that Dramaland does occasionally get infected with bouts of "facial amnesia" where people can no longer recognize faces and seem to have also forgotten the sound of their voices.

If Voice 3 is anything like Voice 1 and Voice 2, I'm sold. Both of those were definitely worth the time spend. The leads did a great job in Voice 2 and I look forward to seeing them together again.

While I did enjoy the original Rescue Me, I don't think I am up for another "season" of the show. At least not right now. Maybe when the mood comes around for dark and desperate days...

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There have been so many mismatched OTPs lately, so I am really looking forward to Abyss and The Secret Life of My Secretary. Park Bo-young and Ahn Hyo-seop and Kim Young-kwang and Jin Ki-joo look so good together. Park Bo-young does not age.

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Abyss sounds exactly like Rain's Come back, Ahjussi. The one guy was a gangster and was resurrected as a cute and petite woman. The person who came back in Rain's body was super impressed by his choco-abs and apparently the size of his penis. I distinctly remember the scene where he was showing the woman/former gangster his abs and then they both peek down his pants and are very impressed and giggly by what they see.
That was such an underrated drama. I cried buckets in the end.

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I haven't seen Oh Yeon-seo as great as she was in that role since! 😂

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I loved that drama. And Ra Mi-ran was cute in her quasi cameo role.

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I'm definitely going to watch Voice 3! I've been faithful to the first two seasons and I'm curious to see what happens next. Lee Hana and Lee Jin Wook were an interesting pair in Season 2. I want more of their partnership to develop in this 3rd season.

I want to check out Abyss too..... but my plate is overflowing.
I'll wait to see if the reviews are good. Its poster is so pretty btw!

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No longer a fan of rom-coms, but love creepy thrillers. So what's on Viki and Netflix, the only two sites I watch? The rom-coms. What's the two I want to watch but aren't on either? The creepy thrillers.
And yes, I'm in a complaining mood this evening.

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I've seen two episodes of Abyss so far and it's definitely more of a creepy thriller than a rom-com. There has been zero comedy or romance so far. Just crimes being committed and crime-solving actually.

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I can't believe Rescue Me 2 is starting so soon! Loved the first season, and I hope the quality is the same.

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Voice 3, sigh, I'm disappointed that they continue season 2 and not try to get the spirit of first season right. What's the point of doing multi seasons and omitting exactly what make the show successful.

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I was also quite sad that S2 was not somehow connected to S1 or at least going back to it's roots with S3 rather than making the boring plot of the same gangsters vs justice...I mean u have the ending of S1 with that other psycho(Hello there,Kim Kwon) and u just leave like that...Some would think SK is the heaven of gangsters,almost every drama has them pop up(truck of doom is sad in a corner)...

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Exactly, the main attraction in S1 was people stories, and second chances they were given due to fast police intervention, that was at the heart of the drama, even overarching arc was too, connected to that theme, and mainly successful because of Kim JaeWook portrayal of villain. When in final episode it was revealed that the stories they used were of real people, I cried because they stories were told with utmost care, that made me care about them too. Season 2 lacked that emotional connection, and villain lacked charisma too, and rating wasn't that great too.

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Hiring of Lee Jin Wook just turned me off. He plays the same character has the same expression and is the worst at haming it up.

After ep one I was just turned off.

I know it was gonna be difficult to follow up with Jang Hyuk but....he was the best the showrunners can do.

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I'm not interested by the rom-coms, I'm not a fan of their castings, neither their stories. Face blindness? Beautiful Inside is not so old yet. Switching bodies? In Kdramas, fantastic stories have no good reputation...

I'm excited to see Voice 3. In Voice 2, I really like to see the heroin to doubt and have her "power" used against her.

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I'm curious to see how well the Rescue me 2 will hold up. What I'm afraid of is that this one is going to suffer from what I call a "sequel" syndrome. No matter if this drama will be better or worse than the previous season, some people are going to compare them anyway.

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the good (or...very sad) thing about cults is they all are like diff and manifest differently and diff power dynamics so i think this will be good...i hope

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Rescue Me is one of my top dramas so I will definitely be giving the second season a try. I hope it is as good as the 1st season. Please be good. Please be good.

I really enjoyed Voice but not seen Voice 2 yet. I have it ready to watch just haven't gotten around to it. Since it ended on a cliffhanger I guess it's a good thing I haven't gotten around to it yet!

Abyss looks cute. I like both actors so will give it a try. I don't have high expectations (it's a rom-com which I never have high expectations of) but I could be happily surprised.

Meh to The Secret Life of My Secretary. I am tired of the prickly boss and perfect woman secretary trope and then the additional trope of face-blindness (I can't believe this is a trope!). If the genders were swapped I would watch this in a heartbeat.

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I've only seen Abyss but characterizing it as a rom-com is a stretch so far. Was there a single laugh to be had in the first episode?

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Only watched Abyss of this bunch. I love this cast and crew immensely and expect to enjoy it.

Just because I know Yoo PD (watched every drama he produced since he debuted with High School King of Savvy), I won’t be judging the script. He lets the actors adlib like no other, and often film uncut for many minutes long until the actor is completely out of words or tears. Depending on actor, this can make or break (SMY🤭) the drama, but for sure it will unpredictable. He’s not a high ratings PD, but the reason great actors like Seo In Guk and Park Bo Young keep going back, because they get to play their skills without limit. So with his dramas, I just watch the actors, closely.

Park Bo-young in another soul-in-strange-body. Last time as a lusty virgin inside a scaredy-cat, this time a beautiful bitch in a minion😅. Just that funeral scene alone was the center of praises. You can really feel her shock, fear and disbelief.

I loved Ahn Hyo-Seop in 30 but 17. He’s not bad so far, but it is apparent being a lead has added pressure to him. And maybe he needs to warmup to Yoo PD’s style, cuz his expression is somewhat by the books. Leading the first episode without Park Bo Young certainly didn’t help.

Long time no see Lee Sung-Jae (since Jealousy Incarnate). Glad he’s back. I love this ahjusshi. He’s gonna be so good at being bad. I know it.

I have a feeling as the drama progresses, it will turn from an OTP act to an ensemble act, cuz  Lee Si Eon is a known scene stealer.

I knew SIG would do a cameo, or something, before the trailers released. The cast has all his favorite Hyungs - Yoo PD, Lee Si Eon, Lee Sung-Jae, and ChoRong from TSHLYE. How delightful I was to see MooKang again, living happily ever after among the stars.

I suspect he proposed the idea of walking out as a dog... it’s so like him to come up with crazy ideas. Especially since he’s played an alien before, the dog form makes this alien different from the previous sideway-walking human form.😂

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I plan to watch Rescue Me 2, but I need a time when my mom (who has a heart condition that shouldn’t be exposed to frightful dramas) is asleep.

Disturbing dramas/movies deserve the bigger clearer TV.

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“a beautiful bitch in a minion”. ROFL!

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KYK will forever be KYK in every role so I have very little interest in watch him as lead.

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I think casting AHS to play an inexperienced, unworldly, geeky person chasing after the same bitchy, experienced, worldly prosecutor princess PBY is fine. His inexperience should show up as just that - inexperience with the world. It looks to me PBY is having a lot of fun playing her character.

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haha, yes, he's meant to be geeky and weird... he was for one night, then Moo Kang followed him, but when he woke up, he became too normal. AHS is not a bad cast because we see how he played Chan. I think he just needs to forget his character is supposed to be some super good looking guy and act like he's ugly and show some insecurity

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The only drama will be watching is abyss seems fun so far. Gonna skip the secret life of my secretary.. I hate the male lead and had enough of male bosses and their workers overly done

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I tried watching Abyss last night and could only get halfway through. There was just SO much going on and no leadup to Go Se Yeon's character. I am going to give it another chance after hearing some good reviews today, but still very skeptical.

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Liking Abyss and Secret/Secretary so far. The characters in Secret have a homey quality to them and all feel like folks one knows. Airy, silly, fun. I did wonder how someone who has faceblindness didn't recognize his friend's voice. Abyss is a bit clunky and fast but feels as if it has a story to tell so i'm in for the long haul. i am relatively easy to please if no second lead female, identity issues, drawn-out unreasonable angst, or birth secret pops up. Hana Lee is my favorite kdrama actress so i'll see most anything she's in.

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The rest of the line up seems interesting enough but I am beyond HYPED for Voice 3 since I watched the first two seasons on a week-by-week basis. The cliffhanger of season two literally made me unable to watch any other dramas for a good couple of months because it was so damn stressful lol thriller cop dramas are my ultimate weakness

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i stopped watching s2 bc i was getting frustrated but i heard that it had a cliffhanger ending bc that man made me CONFUSED so now i know i have to finish it lmao

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didn't know rescue me 2 so now it's time to watch. the first season was absolutely bonkers and so depressing and i HATED (or, at least, very much disliked) her parents lol i have never been angrier tbh i loved it!!!!

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