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Premier Watch: Perfume, Investigation Couple 2, Search Query: WWW

There are three new dramas on the slate for your viewing pleasure.

 

Perfume

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: KBS
Genre: Fantasy, rom-com
Episode count: 32 episodes

Reasons to watch: What happens when a frustrated fashion designer meets a new muse? If you’re Shin Sung-rok, you hire her as your housekeeper before persuading her to be a model. Said housekeeper-turned-model, Go Won-hee isn’t just any beautiful young woman though. She was once an unhappy, middle aged housewife whose homemaking skills were unparalleled. After a terrible event takes place in her life, a mysterious perfume gives her a second chance at life and love by reviving her in the form of a model-level, twenty-something beauty. I’m eager to see Go Won-hee and Shin Sung-rok in action and I can see them adding an extra level of fun zaniness to an already kooky premise.

 

Investigation Couple 2

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Crime procedural
Episode count: 32 episodes

Reasons to watch: Continuing the multi-season trend for dramas, Investigation Couple is back with season two and it will pick up where last season’s cliffhanger left off. Our old favorites have returned, as Jung Jae-young and Jung Yumi will be reprising their roles as a genius medical examiner and prosector respectively. This season will see Oh Man-seok’s role much-expanded this time around, as the third angle of the investigative triangle. If you’re a fan of season one, or you’re just in the mood for a crime procedural, tune in to watch our intrepid investigators solve horrific crimes.

 

Search Query: WWW

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Romance
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Despite being on the verge of a romance overload generally, the strong cast for this one has caught my attention. Im Soo-jung, Lee Da-hee, and Jeon Hye-jin will play a trio of high achievers who work at two of Korea’s top portal websites. The drama will follow the highs–and lows–of their love lives. Jang Ki-yong plays a computer music company CEO and when he walks into Im Soo-jung’s life, the two develop an attraction to each other that’s hard to fight. His character seems like a bit of a dreamer and since I’ve quite literally never seen Jang Ki-yong in a light role, I’m looking forward to seeing him being fluffy and cute with alongside a kickass and self-possessed Im Soo-jung.

 
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I am not convinced that Jang Ki Young will not turn out to be a psychopathic murderer at the end.

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Have to admit to a similar reaction!

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I'm not convinced that Jang Ki-young won't turn out to be a clone. There must be at least two of him. Does he ever sleep?! Talk about making hay while the sun shines. ;-)

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I am only looking for "perfume". Shin Sung-rok, I can finally cheer for him! 😍

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All three seems to be worth checking out, at least for the first week. And WWW logo is so cute!

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Reasons why Investigation Couple 2 seems much better than the first season: (i) Instead of last season's ham-fisted "establishing" of characters (which, in the case of the female lead, felt more like character assassination), Episodes 1-2 jumped right into a couple of interesting crimes. (ii) While the show made prosecutors look moronic and/or unethical last season, we've now got the excellent Oh Man-seok to defend their honour. (iii) One of the best things about the show is that we get to watch Jung Jae-young's eternally and justifiably pissed-off forensic examiner endure hell, e.g. moronic prosecutors (see above), makjang plot lines, shingles, poisoned rats, etc. By the end of yesterday's first hour, he's already had to do something really undignified and disgusting. FANTASTIC.

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Oh man, I couldn't even finish episode 2 of season 1, but you're description of Jung Jae-young's pissed-off face makes me want to pick it up and plow through so I can get to season 2.

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Um... Jung Jae-young is one of my favourite actors of all time, but I'd still suggest skipping season 1 entirely. It's not without its merits (e.g. JJY's acting, some realistic and complex cases), but to get to them you have to wade through a lot of strangely amateurish writing, directing and acting. Season 2 is not great either (especially in contrast with the preceding drama Special Labour Inspector Jo, which ran like a well-oiled sports car), but so far it seems a lot more bearable than season 1.

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Jung Jae-young is also one of my favorite actors, too! Kind of sad that his drama is sort of "eh," especially since it was popular enough to get a second season. Maybe I'll just watch highlights from the show, then. Thanks for the reply!

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Some might notice how excited I was waiting for Perfume 🤭. Finally it aired!!

And... it won't be everyones cup of tea. It wasn't even mine. I had reservations for the drama from the initial plot release. But I watched anyway because Shin Sung Rok! Obviously. Haha. With that said, I hope Go Won Hee/Ha Jae Suk character has more confidence in herself. The perfume won't last forever. I like the acting so far, not really a fan of the plot. It does have funny moments, also some not funny but expected to be funny moments *side eyes bursting seams 🙄😏*.

But I'll stay for now. I've been waiting for SSR's 1st lead role~ and he is confident with his choice, I hope it goes his way. I also like Go Won Hee. Hopefully as the story progress it will have more substance and meaning along with the funny stuff. One can hope. It's only ep 1. Lol

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I watched a bit, then I ran off to finish my book. I heard his voice, it's so deep and I hadn't realised how much I missed him. Going to finish it later. He's so flamboyant. The show reminds me a bit of a Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands kind of story, quirky, with that funny, circus music playing in the background.
I'm going to watch that tribal love too, in the Ar... Chronicles, can't remember what it's called, the whole week has been a crazy blur of Hyuk, and a lot of crazy voices talking in my head. I think I've developed split multiple personality disorder writing my story...help 😣😣😣😣

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Stay healthy @yyishere! Take a break and have a kitkat while watching Arthdal or Perfume~ hoho

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I have now watched Perfume ep 2 or 3-4. The backstory is explained and I'm liking what I see, it does havr substance and not just funny. A bonus is Seo Yi Do is unintentionally nice eventhough he is also absurd. Hahaha.

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I'm excited for WWW. I know they bill it for romance, but I hope we'll also get a thorough exploration on those ladies' other parts of life.

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Availability report: PERFUME and COUPLE on Kocowa.
WWW on Viki (USA).

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Also since I recently subscribed to OnDemandKorea it will be interesting to see if they add to the list of current dramas subbed in english.

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Me too.

Speaking of which, Isn’t any streaming service EVER going to add Goblin?? I really want to watch it again - with the same high quality picture that I first saw it in, via the now defunct Dramafever, and not some crappy videos I’ve seen on YouTube.

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I think Warner Media is holding on to all those exclusive licenses. WOMP.

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I'm tired of eccentric Shin Sung-rok. In Return after The Last Princess, he played the same kind of character. So in this one, he will be nice but, I want to see him in more normal or serious role.

I'm ready for the 3 women in Search Query : www, they look badass :D

Investgation Couple 2 started pretty strong, I'm in !

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Did you watch the first one? And if so, was it good? I like to watch a modern drama in between by sageuk and wuxia dramas, and thought the currently airing show looked interesting, but thought I might need to watch the first season before starting it.

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am looking forward to watch Jang Ki-yong in Search Query: WWW:-)

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The Boy Next Door came to mind when you said you haven't seen JKY in a light role. That one had me laughing out loud. It's a webdrama but a very good one! You might wanna check out 😁
Anyways, I'm soooo excited for this drama!

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Thanks for reminding me of that delightful show, @audrey11 ohduhree! Yes, I laughed my butt off, too. I was surprised Show didn't bust its tropemeter. How the actors didn't bust a gut while filming I'll never know.

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Hiiiiii @pakalanapikake how r u. Haha yeah Jang Kiyong and Choi Wooshik are both amazing actors that they really delivered the characters (and scenes) well without reservations. It wouldn't have been so funny if not for their dedication to character. How I wish it were a longer series. But I don't complain I just mention it to others so they can see a different side of JKY. Excited to see ep 1 of this WWW!
Anyways, I haven't kept up with Nokdu recaps but I'm still watching that great drama ^^

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As I didn't watch the first season of Investigation Couple, I already know I'll be skipping this second season. The other two shows, however, I'm looking forward to.

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No Min Woo!!

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But the real question is: Is No Min Woo good enough of a reason to sit through a drama that was already horrible in Season 1??

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Didn't watch the first season and have zero interest in this series--which is strange because I've watched seasons 1 and 2 of Voice and currently watching 3, and I'm happily on season 2 of God's Quiz. But I'll take in a few episodes to see No Min Woo!

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Voice 1 was good, Voice 2 was only good until they pulled a “Forest of Secrets” and attached a million people to 1 single case, which dropped my interest for Voice 3 😂😂
Just like you, I might watch a few episodes just for No Min Woo

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I've been watching too much romance drama. I'll skip all three

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I must have misread the original premise re Perfume, because what's described now sounds really silly, and not like anything I'd ever be interested in. Probable pass. But Search Query WWW sounds possibly interesting, and so does Investigation Couple 2, although for IC2, I'd have to watch the first season before beginning the second one.

I'm still trying to emotionally recover from the fabulousness that is Nirvana in Fire, which has to be one of the best dramas ever made. Just mentioning makes me tear up a bit!

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*pats @vespertyne on the back*

There, there. You're not the only one with a Mei Changsu-shaped hole in your heart. I miss Fei Liu and the Water Buffalo like the dickens.

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I know! Sob! He was such a beautiful character. And I even accept the ending as the only appropriate one - anything else would have been a false note in a perfect drama.

I’m watching NiF 2 now, and enjoying it much more than I expected (although I wish I could find a chart explaining the connections of the NiF2 characters to the NiF1 characters. The names used are slightly different if I look at the character lists for each on Wiki). My only complaint about NiF2 so far is that the Evil Priest is so hideous and icky that I can’t stand to look at him when he’s on the screen, and am very tempted to FF, just to get him out of my sight, but don’t want to miss any of the story. Why couldn’t he be a more attractive villain?!

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You could try medicating with the translation of the NIF novel by star-shadows if you cannot read it in Chinese. She just posted chapter 108 today. Yippee!
https://langyascribe.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/chapter-108-parting/

I haven't gotten to NIF2, and won't until the dust has truly settled. As for ugly villains, this might be a rare instance of drama truth in advertising, or "what you see is what you get." Oh, wait. Maybe he's really a good guy suffering under a curse?! Or maybe he's the token mere mortal in the cast. ;-)

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Sheesh! Ep. 108 was posted May 5 -- not June 5. -- Ah, so maybe ep. 109 will be posted soonish. ;-)

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Ooh I love NIF. I don’t think any other drama comes close to it I’m terms of quality. I think I need a rewatch.

I couldn’t stand the evil priest in NIF2 either.

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Actually there are FOUR dramas premiering this week, it also hasn't been added to the currently airing list yet. This drama is JOSEON SURVIVAL and I'm very excited about it!!

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It's here already?! Omo! The premise behind JOSEON SURVIVAL sounded like fun to me. I hope they give good advice on how to deal with a gummi brain fetus. ;-)

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Little TV Chosun gave us a wonderful production in GRAND PRINCE. Thanks for the pointer to JOSEON SURVIVAL. It looks really interesting but alas probably won’t be available subbed.
Please Viki, you licensed GP, think about licensing JOSEON SURVIVAL.
I have pretty much given up on being able to watch OCN’s upcoming drama WATCHER. Then again after a delay Viki did license OCN’s KILL IT. Requests to Viki here:
https://vikiinc.wufoo.com/forms/title-request-form/

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@pakalanapikake @marcusnyc20 looks like this is another TV Chosun production that will fall under the radar. I just watched ep 1 at ondemandkorea.com and it was fun. I'm looking forward to ep 2 and the time travel shenanigans.

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@wishfultoki,
I caught the first two episodes this past week, and watched ep. 3 raw this morning on TV Chosun's live stream:
http://broadcast.tvchosun.com/onair/on.cstv .

I am immensely relieved that there have been no brain fetus manifestations so far. It's goofy and I like it.

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Thanks! I have yet to watch Ep. 3.
*SPOILER ALERT* I could do without the serial killer but it’s also hilarious that he’s on the time-travelling truck too. I wonder if that is ToD posing as an innocent delivery truck.

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Lol @wishfultoki. 2 thoughts:
1. I maybe wrong but I believe the delivery company Jung-rok works for is named “Lotte”. Lotte is a huge Korean corporation so the truck may be a ppl in a way;
2. That being said they may not look kindly to their product being used by ToD to go undercover to do its dirty deed. Then again they might not be to pleased to see their product carrying a psycho. I think it is too early to say for sure if he is a serial killer a la SWDBS. He probably is.

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@marcusnyc20
1. Yes I also thought the truck was the vehicle for some Lotte PPL. Maybe ToD applied for the role to change his negative image.
2. Hmm yes it’s too early to tell if he’s a serial killer. Let’s say he’s a psycho with issues.
3. How do you feel about hijacking this thread to discuss this drama or just laugh at the goofiness? @pakalanapikake would you be interested? I don’t think DB will recap it since it doesn’t even show on the list of currently airing dramas or weekly ratings reports.

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We could also hijack the original exclusion news post on Joseon Survival: http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/06/threes-a-crowd-in-time-traveling-sageuk-comedy-joseon-survival-guide/

It’s not even mentioned in this premiere watch post!

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@wishfultoki,
I think it is a great idea to plant the JS flag somewhere to share comments.
I think the 6 June news post may be the better place. It is "cleaner" in the sense that JOSEON SURVIVAL is the topic of the post.

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Apologies @wishfultoki. The date for the JOSEON SURVIVAL news post is 1 June 2019 (not 6 June). I will see you over there if that is ok.

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Let's hope WWW gives us some strong women lead! It seems to be marketed as such at least...

But I'm not holding my breath, because dramaland tends to almost always find ways to sabotage that (*ahem* HPL)

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Thanks for the Premiere Watch, @stroopwafel! It prompted me to sneak a peek at the raw first episode of PERFUME for Shin Sung-rok's leading role. Has the sun risen in the west?! He's not The Villain?!? This looks like fun. I was surprised and delighted to see Ha Jae-suk, who is also currently appearing in MY ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND. She was great in BEAUTIFUL MIND.

I love Oh Man-seok to bits, but can't deal with a crime procedural right now, especially a gory one, so will have to pass on INVESTIGATION COUPLE 2. On the other hand, I could finally watch him in SHIN DON. ;-)

The prospect of Jang Ki-yong in a light, fluffy role in the wake of COME HERE AND HUG ME and KILL IT is very enticing. I'll try to sneak a peek.

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O/T @pakalanapikake,
I hope you don’t mind an Ha Jae-suk memory from ABM. HJS’s Nurse Jang is in conversation with Dr. Lee (Jang Hyuk) and she does a spot on imitation of him right to his face and he of no emotions responds: “Don’t push your luck”. I loved it. That was a great show.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo,
That was a great moment! Thanks for reminding me of it. I loved the entire cast of BEAUTIFUL MIND. Jang Hyuk and Heo Jun-ho were intense and terrific. Jang Ki-yong played Nurse Nam -- and ended up in a rematch with a different kind of psychopath in COME HERE AND HUG ME. ;-)

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PERFUME's synopsis sounds similar to that Go Won-hee's Lotte Duty Free Webdrama, with exception the only hot guy is Shin Sung-rok in here, which I considered a pass, and SEARCH QUERY WWW sounds SOOO uninteresting.

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I’ve seen Perfume episodes 1-2 and it’s pretty interesting so far and funny. Looking forward to watching the next episodes 😊

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Oh Man Seok has already Jump into a new drama Investigation Couple 2 after starring in a gem like Beautiful World? Aigo, u are sure a hardworker actor. Haha...

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Am i the only one to be excited for Lee Da-hee comeback? Srsly, the gorgeous girl should lead her own drama SOON!

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Yasss! Fell in love with her since I Can Hear Your Voice. But I haven't seen her in anything which she didn't play the same kind of roles though. She's always the cold and beautiful girl who has issues. But she aces those roles so I'm fine with it.

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Well that’s true, but her role in The beauty inside is a little different and this role also offer some variety so i believe she can act in quite a range. Her appearance may also be a factor that she keeps getting the same offers though.

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Love that the pilot episode of WWW focused on the women. I mean, I know that it’s about them but it was refreshing to see women being the focus of the drama. I might have been watching too many romcoms that focuses on the relationship rather than the women themselves. Anyways 😆 loved the first ep and I’ll be hanging around DB while waiting for the raw

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i must wait for http://www...might pick up investigation couple when i nee background noise and i'm convinced i understand korean while i talk to other people in english...

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lmao...i meant "i must wait for www" because it's only been one week and i wanna make sure it is GOOD. jeez the title

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I did not expect anything from WWW but I am impressed! I loved the strong characters of Im Soo Jung, Lee Da Hee and Jeon Hye Jin. Throwing Jang Ki Young in the mix is definitely a bonus 😍. Can't wait for the next episodes.

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