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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: That ballet practice scene was hot and hilarious. I don’t know how Shin Hye-sun can keep a straight face and exude graceful elegance while L makes those I-shall-not-think-evil-thoughts-I-shall-not-think-I-shall faces the whole time. I like this show well enough, but I will love this show forever and ever if the Miss Elena introduction means they wouldn’t give Nina the usual “nice girl is scorned by love, turns revengey and mean” arc. She’s a wonderful person who needs to learn how to love herself more. And honestly, both girls could use some healthy competition. If Yeon-seo has two guardian angels, why can’t Nina have a kooky ballerina mentor?

Rescue Me 2: I picked this back up and can’t help but marvel at how despicable Min-cheol is. We don’t even get to see any of his redeeming qualities. There’s just hints that they exist because some people are loyal to him, yet he still treats those friends as badly as he does the average person. It gave me a bit of whiplash, going from watching four shows where righteous underdogs subvert the law to fight the Big Bad, to Rescue Me 2 where an actual small-time crook goes against a host of evil guys. I’m convinced the only reason Min-cheol doesn’t eat up the cult’s bullsh*t is because he’s already full of it himself. It’s funny in an OCN kind of way.

Lookout: What’s the deal with the hot priest? When will Soo-ji meet Do-han (as part of the gang and not as a despicable corrupt prosecutor)? When will Bo-mi show herself to everyone? So many questions! This show is bad for impatient people like me. :'( I wish I can marathon 16 episodes in one sitting like the old days.

Great Escape: The haunted mountain house! I’m finally getting a feel for Kang Ho-dong’s strengths (which is literally his strength LOL). You can be smart and draw all the diagrams you want, but some things in life need you to just grit your teeth and do it. Some people are good at sitting down and playing spot-the-difference with a ton of bloody talismans, while some like to hold their breath and enter a spooky closet with a haunted water tank to blindly feel around for a key. Hehe~ This horror episode had a nice balance of both types of challenges, giving everyone something to do even if it’s just squealing and being terrified out of their minds in Dong-hyun’s case. It might be my favorite episode this season, even beating out the ones about zombies. 🙂

 

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Perfume: I had to calm myself down before I wrote this, because the first two episodes of Perfume made me nope out harder—and earlier—than I ever have for a drama. This is the worst portrayal of the always potentially problematic full-body makeover premise I have ever seen. The show endlessly mocks Ha Jae-sook’s looks, her body, her age, her pitiful status as a betrayed wife on the eve of divorce; her physical attributes are continuously played for either laughs or humiliation. The message of the first hour seems to be that getting old and fat (according to the standards of this drama) means it’s time to kill yourself—unbelievably, suicide is repeatedly played as a joke, and in one instance used as a threat so that the heroine can get what she wants. The titular magic perfume that changes her into Go Won-hee might be masquerading as a chance for freedom, but in reality it’s a cruel excuse to show repeated shots of what we’re supposed to believe is the heroine ballooning grotesquely when she changes back, actually ripping through her clothes. Each time she goes back to her real self, the camera angles scream, “HAHA! She’s fat again! How funny and gross!” It’s nauseating, and rage-inducing. The hero, on the other hand, I had reservations about when I read the promos, and he’s unfortunately worse than I’d feared. His multiplicity of phobias and allergies are technically possible, but what I find unbelievable is that he expects everyone he works with to accommodate his disabilities, but is fine with disregarding others’ illnesses to the point of injury. He also abandoned the unconscious female lead on the street, at night. In my experience, being disabled generally gives you more empathy for other people’s difficulties—it does not turn you into a psychopath. The man is trash and not a hero I am ever going to root for, and this pains me because I have been waiting years to see Shin Sung-rok lead a rom-com. The entire, very talented cast deserves better. This show seems determined to obliterate the idea that a woman larger than size zero has dignity or humanity, and that makes me sad given the great strides we’ve seen in dramaland. Hard pass.

The Secret Life of My Secretary: Ugh. UGH. I was at the end of my patience with this show last week, but now I’m actually angry. The writers of this drama are killing this story and its characters by delaying this reveal. The fact that she still hasn’t told him the truth by the end of episode 10 is not only making me truly dislike Gal-hee—whom I started out loving—but the circle of carnage caused by her lies is steadily growing, and now that we have this ridiculous one-month dating scheme on the horizon, it’s only going to get worse. Now Min-ik can’t figure out which girl he likes because they’re the same person; Dae-joo, who actually seems decent if a little short on guts, has misunderstood Veronica’s intentions; and Veronica, ever lacking in sense, is setting both herself and Gal-hee on a disastrous path. In no world are the only two choices here either Gal-hee impersonating Veronica for a month or Veronica being forced to marry Min-ik. What’s upsetting me about this show is how skillfully the writers made us fall in love with Min-ik, and how little consideration they’re now giving to his feelings. It’s clear that this already abandoned orphan who’s hated by his fake family and can’t even see faces is meant to bear all the emotional fallout caused by literally everyone he trusts and likes in his life. I don’t know how they want us to keep rooting for this narrative, or for a heroine who is this selfish and weak—her “I promise I’ll tell him the truth tomorrow” is beginning to sound like a running (unfunny) gag. Guess the joke’s on me, though—I love these two actors in these roles, and especially Min-ik’s character, so much that I don’t know if I can stop watching. This drama has managed to do what I thought was impossible: give us a terrible and nonsensical overarching story, but amazingly heartfelt moments, scenes, and character interactions. Grr. I’ll see you all back here next week.

My Fellow Citizens: I binged the rest of this after submitting my WWW last week, and it was good to the final scene. What an unusual, refreshing, hilarious, near-perfect viewing experience this was! My only complaint was how late Mi-young found out about Jung-gook’s past—I wish the reveal had come sooner so that we could see the fallout of that in their relationship over time, rather than most of it happening during a time skip while Jung-gook was in prison. But everything else about this drama was absolutely satisfying. It was cathartic to see Jung-gook’s journey from con artist to assemblyman, as his eyes opened to the true closed-door dealings where politics actually happen, and he started blasting those doors open fearlessly despite having quite a lot to lose. It was moving to see him slowly come to the realization that if he was really going to start over as a new man with a commitment to the truth, he had to first pay his own dues to the past.

 

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Currently reviewing: The Secret Life of My Secretary

One Spring Night: Don’t mind me, I’m just squeeing curled up in the corner enjoying this quiet and character-driven story so, so much. Jung Hae-in is impressing me so much with his restrained performance, and the two actors have this amazing ability to portray such a complex and shifting array of tensions in the space of one scene. Please show, stay this good through the end! Keep working with the same subtle tensions and moments. Keep giving the actors so much muchness to work with. And while you’re at it, can you kill the soundtrack?

Search Query: WWW: He smiles! He talks! He smiles and talks! Yes, my Jang Ki-yong fangirl brought me to this drama, but the premiere episode really disappointed me. The tone shifted about seven different times, I didn’t like any of the characters, and the scene where artificially backlit Im Soo-jung and Jang Ki-yong listen to his soundtrack and stare at each other was just plain embarrassing. Maybe it’s because I’m comparing it to my other current dramas which, while different, are both very consistent, adept, and know exactly what they’re doing — but Search Query: WWW felt like the opposite. In other words, kind of a mess. As much as I want to stick around for Jang Ki-yong being swoony (really, I do), it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get me to watch more of this one.

 
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Perfume: Started and then dropped as soon as she went from fat to skinny. Just NOPE.

Investigation Couple: I’m sad Stephanie Lee couldn’t return. I am mad they replaced her someone who was almost exactly the same as her. Also plot hole (She said she worked in Miami Labs, but lived in K-town LA, hmmm). I loved loved the case this week. I think it is really important because I have noticed in kdramas that the ultimate evil seems to murder. Every other crime is secondary to that. This case showed the very real and scary consequences of repeated sexual harassment or rape. How the poor woman was so desperate to be removed from that man’s sexual attacks that she stabbed herself. He effectively murdered her without wielding the physical weapon. Sexual harassment can be devasting and on equal footing with murder. That needs to be acknowledged in all societies.

The Secret Life of My Secretary: I love Veronica Park. In fact I love Veronica Park so much I wish she was the lead. Her character is just more interesting, I wish Jin Ki Joo’s character was Veronica Park or someone similar. I wish that for once in these dramas, the female lead is on equal footing as the male lead, both financially and status wise. I also don’t care for the 2nd male lead, something about him is off to me, I can’t seem to like him at all. He irks me a lot. All that to say Jung Gal-Hee and Do Min Ilk are adorable together. Ironically, she has more power in the relationship than he does even he is richer and of a higher status. I really want her to tell him the truth though, the dragging out is both annoying and tedious.

Angel’s Last Mission-Love: Shin Hye Sun is perfect. Her as Matilde is so different from her as Yeon Seo that I want a drama with just Matilde. The annoying mother/daughter duo are really annoying. They are evil just because and honestly I hate them. If they both died I would be fine. As for Geum Ni Na, she is starting to grate too. Meh. Kang Woo was soo happy with Matilde, but his grief has kind of turned into creepy obsession and that is not good for our Yeon Seo. His need to make up to Matilde is hindering his ability to help Yeon Seo. Our Dan who only wants what is best for Yeon Seo. It is pretty obvious that he was human once and I think that is the loophole they will use to allow Yeon Seo and Dan to be together a la Meet Joe Black.

One Spring Night: I am exhausted. I have no idea why I am still watching this. It just kind of pulls me in. I was sooo excited when she broke up with him only to be back with him at the end of episode 6. I need her to get it together. The whole thing is both exhausting and ridiculous. Also I love Lee Jae In, what a fabulous sister. I dig her relationship with Young-Jae as well. As for Seo-In, I hope she finds a way to escape that psychopath of a husband of hers. How horrifying. I want to point out Jung-In’s hypocrisy in getting mad at Shi-Hoon’s parent’s for looking down on her, while if she starts dating Ji-Ho her dad...

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One Spring Night: I believe Jung In sees that coming too (her parents’ opinions). She knows that dating Jiho would be tough for them both, and not only because of Ki Seok. That’s why she’s a confused mess right now. And I don’t think you can call it hypocrisy since technically all she did is fall in love, a completely different story and situation from what Ki Seok is doing.

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Yes I was surprised at Investigation Couple's complex and hard-hitting depiction of the sexual harassment case. Just the episode 1 opening scene alone was shockingly on point - the woman being forced to continue working with the male boss she'd bravely reported for harassment; the man being welcomed back after 3 months' suspension and "joking" about how women shouldn't come near him; and everyone else aware that something was wrong but trying to pretend otherwise. And the fact that the woman had wanted to survive so badly, but was forced to take such desperate steps. A really promising start to this second season.

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Secret Life of My Secretary: B+/B+ I'm behind, only up to day 7. The leads are good, but show still reminds me how much I hate poorly-done office power struggles and family betrayals. The bored board meeting in day 5 was an example of what I hate; the shareholders meeting in day 6 was ok. Meanwhile, I suspect the message of the show will be something like "love the person for who he/she is, not for appearance/wealth/status", which is a message I expect Beanies will like more than some other shows *cough*Abyss*cough**cough*Perfume*cough*. Of course it helps that they don't look bad :)

Arthdal: B/B Big budget over-ambitious misfire? I have to watch is case it lives what I'd expect from the director. Or, considering the big budget, did the director get a big check and go over to the dark side?

Voice 3: B-/C- I'm still watching out of respect for the good parts of Voice 1; feel free to not join me.

Abyss: A-/B+ I don't know what I like more, Park Bo-young or they lines they give her.

Perfume: Some kinds of problematic messages don't bother me as much as they do many Beanies -- I am bothered by other things like robots with unrealistic battery life. And Go Won-Hee was good enough in Strongest Deliveryman that it will take a lot to drive me away. Still, this show might manage that.

Investigative Couple / Partners for Justice: B/A- Good start for an investigation/crime show, if you like those.

Angel's Last Mission: F/B for the 2nd half of day 6; B+/A- for earlier.

First score is how much I liked it this week; 2nd is sorta-kinda how objectively good I think it was.

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I think I've done a romance overdose and that's the reason romance in current dramas doesn't interest me.

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Le Coup de Foudre: I had such a nice time with all characters and especially Zhao family. The only big flaw was the filter.

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Angel's Last Mission: During the reception scene and the coincidential meeting between Ni Na and her former teacher, one word came to my mind "dramatic". The cast puts a good performance but the evil family tires me out. I feel bad for Ni Na as if she receives bad things instead of her mother and sister. I would like Yeon Seo to be in contact with people who have nothing to do with ballet (and are humans) because she needs to learn how to love and receive different kind of love, as in friendships. When she asked Dan why he did everything for her when he doesn't like her, I was thinking romantic interest isn't the only explanation (unlike what her employee told her).

Different Dreams: ep 16-18. Mikki is smarter than she appears and perhaps Fukuda will later take advantage of her love to use her? Or she will move on her own to take down LYJ?

Nokdu Flower: ep 25-26. We have time to breath and relax. For now. When the ex-Donghak member will reveal the ogre's identity, the closest ones to Yi Kang will feel betrayed. I'm not ready to see him struggle again so I'm enjoying the lighter moments. Yi Hyun as the head makes me because it feels like he's back as the YH of the early episodes. Once again, it's a matter of time before troubles with the Japanese.

One Spring Night: I thought if Ja In explained Ki Seok why she broke up with him, he would've taken a longtime to acccept it but eventually go through it. The scene at JI's home with her scene showed once more he's inconsiderate not only of JI but Ji Oh. When he said he understands what love is, I let out a laugh. He's too immersed in what he wants to consider his girlfriend's feelings.

Save Me 2: The flashback with Chil Sung defending Min Cheol and their present time conflict were satisfying and showed more reasons for Min Cheol to reveal Elder Choi's true identity. Speaking of Elder Choi, he's a conman but every villager and Pastor Sung are wiling to be conned for their own personal gain. I'm almost angry at all of villagers (the way they gang up against someone) but they're still desperate people. Pastor Sung... it's purely for his own greed to feel special.

Search Query: WWW: I won't add more praises because it already received a lot on the fan wall. This drama seems really ambitious from the get go. From portraying women in high-ranking posts, giving them various character traits, mentionning issues faced by them and other minorities (sexual assault/not assuming someone's sexual preference/one night stand). The intention is good but it needs to handle them the good way because it can quickly turn out good or bad.The romance part felt...

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The romance part felt off for me. Ta Mi and Morgan's interactions look really... scripted? As in, not natural and I don't really find Morgan that smooth (or maybe it's because JKY's charm doesn't work on). So I hope he will have more to do than throwing pick-up lines. Based on the very few scenes of Bacca we got, the work environnement will change Ta Mi for the better imo (it looked a bit too unrealistic imo).

Perfume: I'm more interested in the FL's growth than anything else. Sure the fat jokes leave a bad taste (when will they understand it's not funny?) when I'm watching but that aside, her low self-esteem and the way she sees herself need to be boosted. I think her and her daughter's relationship, if well developed, will be one of the best thing of this drama.

The Secret Life of My Secretary: When this week's best scene for me is CPR on a fish, you know I've almost started to lose interest in this show.

The Wind Blows: Should I clap for the husband recognising his wife or be mad at the writer for telling viewers to believe the make-up plan would work? I'm throwing a random guess. The husband will forget his wife but remembers her "other identity" after they reunite after divorce?

Don't Fight With Fools Even When You Get Pissed Off: and Kakafukaka: I haven't found subs yet.

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Ooooh finally a less than glowing review of WWW!
I am always suspect of shows that receive nothing but adoration from the get go. They make me highly suspicious (SUE ME BEANIES I'M JUST A CYNICAL PERSON).
Will wait a few more weeks and a few more reviews till i decide whether or not to pick this up methinks. Sorry Kiyongie :P

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I went on the fan wall before watching the premiere and wasn't as impressed but I do enjoy the potential. Dramas can get better or worse after that so I give it a try.

If it gets worse and you do watch it, I'll wait for your rant :D

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Pfahahaha uhm but the reason I don't want to pick it up is because it may just get worse and I'll have to rant lololol.

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That's how I felt about Temperature of Love

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@mango
WWW. That ending is more than just awkward and trite.

This show started with such a strong exploration of K-work values via the 3 women.
- Turning to the dark side for success but clinging to a sense of their previous self
- Knowing they work in a corrupt system but working justly
- Yet to be tested by the choice.

But in that switch to Bacca it through away all the intelligence, wiles and political savvy for standard KDrama fare....I think the end of episode 2 is the drama singling that it won't continue with the quality (or strength and intelligence of the women) and that really is the seeds of its own decline.

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Everything sounds interesting and would be great to follow. Ka Kyung could actually be the one to work against corruption after realising the dark side won't bring her a peaceful mind. A possible reconciliation with Ta Mi can be one of the factor too.

The ending made me think Ta Mi will discover an other working methode, new co-workers and have a different view from the company she worked for so long while she will be going head to head with both women.

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WWW: Ep-01 was such a visual treat. The entire episode played with how our virtual world Ta-Mi had to fight to find gravity in her world.

The exaggerated elevational tracking shots, the repeated switching of angled shots as if her world is tossed by ocean waves, the blurring of edges and real world details (yes that is the overly fake lighting). Not to mention the meeting (when Mo-Gun is re-introduced) where the physical space is totally distorted to the point where all sense of ground/of physical reality is removed.

I loved how Ta-Mi so often was short sighted and compressed in the frame were no matter how strong her words, she is forever unstable...while Ka-Kyung is repeatedly shown with reflections (duplicitous).

This visual treat and these character's political savvy is what I will really miss if this show tanks.

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Thanks for the visual explanations! I usually don't pay that much attention to it. The show really has to keep its advantages.

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The filter... the only villain in Le Coup de Foudre.

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True 😂😂😂

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It seemed the show runners were in horror of shooting the series straight as a plain old 'soap opera'. The filter seemed to have been meant to create an impression of 'hazy memories of our past' or something like that. It was weird that the opening and closing credits were FULL of spoilers for distant episodes and the couple started out married, recalling how they got together.

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I think the problem with the drama is that they had a really hard time going from the source material (the novel) to a full 35 episode drama because they large amount of spoilers and the starting out married is how the novel is written. It has no follow-able plot and is a series of stories about the authors life so to make the drama they basically started out following the first couple chapters of the novel and then had to fill in like 20 hours of content that didn't exist.

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Search Query: WWW
It’s safe to say that my anticipation for this show was off the charts: all the leads have proven themselves with various roles, the setting is an unique concept about the modern phenomenon of working women and I get to finally get to see cute Jang Ki Yong in a leading role without the brooding! After watching the premiere, I am thrilled to see that the writing shows quite some level of depth into both the characters and the plot, with an intriguing perspective on the search portal industry mixed together with witty cultural references. The music is also remarkably pleasant to listen to!

The Secret Life of My Secretary
I’m so frustrated at the prolonging of the lie, however it’s not just only because of the dragging plot but also the reason behind it: with Gal Hee’s emotional ties to Veronica due to their previous working relationship, this is a more compelling case that the show could have made as to why Gal Hee started the whole impersonation charade as well as how she is so good at it to remain uncaught for so long (Veronica taught her). It could have progressed to them falling in love and then struggling to break the lies: Gal Hee telling who she really is and Veronica admitting she conned Dae Joo’s friend.

My Absolute Boyfriend
There’s not much affection I have for Wang Joon at this point: not only is he mistreating and disrespecting Young Gu to intimidate him into giving up Da Da (which borders on obsession for me since she does have the right to love someone else when they have already broken up), he also fails to resolve the noble idiocy that of was his own accord by himself. I find it convenient that she found out the truth just so neatly when he is in his most vulnerable state which garners the maximum sympathy from her: if she had witnessed his arrogance to Young Gu, would her reaction have been different?

Abyss
The romance development couldn’t have been more jarring when placed together with a rampaging killer on the loose, but I believe the show is pushing the notion that Se Yeon had feelings for Cha Min when she was younger. To that, I ask then why she ended up introducing Hee Jin to him? Maybe the show does have an answer, but it needs to balance that with the murder thriller without resorting to absurd dreams. The police incompetence lazy writing does not inspire much confidence though, especially when some random accomplice is just shoehorned into the plot as needed.

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Mary, your Lookout updates are giving me life. I cannot wait till you finish it hahahahaha

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Ah, but I was there during Lookout beanies’ collective wailing and gnashing of teeth and rewriting of endings. Though I don’t know the details why. I expect something painful..?

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Looking forward to your gnashing. Trust us, you'll at least want to edit. We really need a hot priest convention.

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Lookout was my first live watch, so I was chuckling at your 'impatience' with not being able to binge it in one sitting. Oh, the luxury!

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Painful but like the best and worse kind of painful all at once

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K-dramas on hold : Angel's Last Mission and Arthdal

Binge-watching (old) J-doramas :
(2016) Ie Uru Onna : I didn't think it will be this funny, but I like it 😄 Plus, Asuka Kudo as Niwano was cuuuute~

(2015) Gisou no Fuufu : this one is quite weird, but I like the dynamic between the characters

Latest NHK Asadora (2019) Natsuzora : before I realize it, I have been involved in a "husband hunting game" between Natsu and the boys. My Natsu-Nobu ship is about to go down but I can't really give it up 😆 I will still watch it until September 2019

Beside J-dorama, I only watched Produce X 101. I've learned from Produce 48, I've promised to myself I wouldn't have any bias. But then episode 5 came and BOSS team performance broke my wall 😅 I think I have accepted the fact that feeling heartbroken is a part of watching Produce series.. But most of my top 11 picks are already on top 20 on last week first round of elimination, so I guess it's still safe.. I'm excited to watch episode 6 !

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I'm immersed in Spring Night and so far love its slow rythm... and lingering moments. Pharmacist and Librarian are finally waking up from their hibernation and showing signs of former spark...

While Spring Night is a slow burn, its taiwanese sort-of-version Before We Get Married (We can't be friends) is a full explosion. The chemistry between Jasper Liu and Puff Kao is no joke. Really. And although I do think the male lead crossed the line at the end of the first episode, I'm like a moth heading straight to the flames... (is episode 2 here yet???).

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Omg, we are twins!....what she said!

And yes, episode 2 is out.

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Triplets.

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😂❤🤣❤😂❤🤣❤😂❤

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Yes! I am the same! I'm watching Before We Get Married over on Viki and I am hooked! Puff& Jasper- they are on fire here in this drama. Waiting for Ep. 2 to be subbed. The struggle is real since there is only 1 ep per week. All 4 lead characters are a mixture of good and bad points, so I'm interested to see where this story will go. There should be lots to talk about. Male lead character is definitely an "antihero" type. I like female lead character too: she has that same directness as male lead, so I can see why she is drawn to him and vice versa.

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I have finished ep.2... and wow, the partners are suffocating, especially the girlfriend... no wonder Chu Kehuan is sometimes so explosive (though that's not meant as an excuse for his behaviour).

Just warning, this drama is quite mature and definitely not everyone's cup of tea. So far it looks like the Que Sera Sera type (coincidentally just mentioned here on DB).

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Yes, I definitely getting QSS vibe from this drama too. Complex, layered characters who are all a mix of good and bad and dealing with some controversial themes (i.e. infidelity) is similar to QSS. The drama is more a character study in that viewer watches to see what is motivating these characters, why they make choices that they do. Definitely not for everyone with its dark tone, but I am liking it. Ep. 2 gave more insight into the current relationships with significant others of the main leads and suffocating is a good word for it. His girlfriend, yes, I now silmultaneously both pity and despise her and his need for escape is understandable.

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I'm there for the complexity and layers as well.
(...and for the sizzling chemistry of the leads 😄)

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Oh my gosh, yes! The chemistry between Puff & Jasper is On Fire! Their scenes together, well, you can't take your eyes off them. The sexual tension in Ep. 2 was OMG! Can't wait for next episode.

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One Spring Night - so good 😊 Every scene is aesthetically pleasing. Lil Eun Woo is adorable. I love Jae In when she immediately defended Ji ho the moment her sister’s boyfriend belittled him for being a single dad.

Angel’s Last Love - marathoned this till current episodes. First few episodes were kinda slow but it all went so good when he moves in as the in house butler.

Voice 3 - I am still watching this for the mystery, although I have to pause a few times while watching to give myself a break from the heavy plot and grotesque scenes.

Kang’s Kitchen 2 - it’s here! I love this series and can’t wait when Kyu Hyun shows up.

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Forgot to mention - Arthdal’s Chronicles. Watched the first episode and half of the second episode. Not loving it as of yet. The scenes and CG were good though. Waiting for further episodes and people’s review whether to continue watching or not.

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I am a happy camper because most of the shows I am watching are recapped now.

The Secret Life of My Secretary: This show continues to be the highlight of my week. I love Min Ik and Gal Hee together and this week we started to see that while his mind is obsessed with the idea of Veronica Park his heart knows better.

But I am also very annoyed that the deception continues and is ruining the show and a promising romance between Min Ik and Gal Hee. It had already overstayed its welcome but now that Veronica mistakenly thinks it needs it to continue and the possibility of her walking down the aisle with Min Ik is making Gal Hee feel she has no choice but to go along with it it's down to Min Ik's choice forced on to him by his bestie. I just hope Min Ik chooses Gal Hee. I still don’t trust or like bestie, have no idea (and honestly not much interest) in what the secretaries are up to. But I am still entertained by Veronica and her mom as well as Veronica and Gal Hee’s sister and I like their brother.

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: This is my number two show and stakes are getting higher every week. Dan started to have strong feelings for Yeon Seo but has also received strong warnings so he has to deny and step back. Kang Woo is as confusing and mysterious as ever.

@mary
"And honestly, both girls could use some healthy competition"
As well as some female friendship. Their family is a viper's nest and they both need to get out.

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Mother of Mine: Tae Joo took his rightful place in the company. I found his visit to the marketing department and his speech to his workmates very touching. Between his dad and stepmom I wonder how he grew up so well.

The transformation of his appearance was explained well by his father (“take off that cheap suit, fix your hair and come back looking like my son” – though honestly I couldn’t have identified his suit was cheap. Still, despite his monogrammed shirts it shows how carefully he planned everything so that he did not start as a newbie wearing designer clothes). But I don’t think he changed so much that mom and uncle should comment on his appearance. Yes, he has a more expensive suit on now but really who can tell? He is wearing a three-piece, a collar bar and got his hair off his forehead, that's it. (Is three-piece a dress code for CEOs and "CEO-to-be"s? Hi theer Do Min Ik).

I did like the fact that his couple ring was part of his armor in this battle and right when Mi Ri is taking hers off Tae Joo is now proudly wearing his on his finger displaying his unwavering love and intentions. Now that they are not working in the same office I was disappointed that he moved from the apartment however.

I was very annoyed by mom telling the so-called mom Mi Ri’s password – I really can’t stand the invasion of privacy. If someone is not opening their door they would have a reason. Mi Ri again told off the so-called mom deservedly. That woman is selfish to her core, her crying doesn’t move me at all. She is still trying to ruin both Mi Ri and Tae Joo’s lives with her meddling in her desire to maintain her power and position. Chairman is very astute in his observation of her: “There is no one who is...better than you at hiding one's real intention...and wear a mask.”

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Perfume: One episode in and I find it interesting so far. So many current dramas where people don’t look like they should or aren’t what they seem to be. The twist here is that it wasn’t just her looks that changed but she got younger as well. Would that make her more recognizable? For example, if her sleazebag of a husband saw her would he recognize her? I also like that she has a daughter and can’t wait for them to reunite and the shenanigans that will ensue. It does look like the hero knows her from before though and I am intrigued by that mystery.

Regardless of what we have seen in the show so far I have hopes that this show also has an “appearances are not important” message. We are seeing the events from the heroine’s point of view. So I don’t think the show’s intent was to portray big people as worthless, rather that treating them as such is wrong. Clearly, for all her abilities she has been discriminated against for a long time. It is also interesting that the transformation is not permanent but has a time limit. I am curious to see how she will use it to improve her life permanently.

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Right? I wasn't as offended as some people. It is clear that she has internalized a lot of self-hate tied to her appearance. This is true for a lot of heavy people. I am curious as to how they are going to deal with the fact that this is no permanent change.

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Agree. I think we need to wait a few episodes to see where the writers are going with the body image plot. I enjoy the show so far!

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Abyss: Still watching this. The last couple of weeks’ episodes showed improvement compared to the beginning but there is still a lot of wasted potential.

Arthdal Chronicles: I like it so far. The mythology is a mishmash of everything we have ever seen before but that’s what most of fantasy genre does. Not everything in Harry Potter was original. The skill was in the way they were assembled to tell an age old story in a fresh way. So this could be like that as well. Though I am not expecting a happy ending.

My Absolute Boyfriend: I am relieved that Da Da finally learned why Wang Joon broke up with her. I am still not feeling Young Gu. If anything his persistence annoys me. Of all the shows I am watching this is the one I have to force myself to watch.

Unstoppable High Kick: I am wondering how this is going to end. I am still not feeling the teacher and uncle’s relationship. Yoon Ho on the other hand gives me all the feels.

Delightful Girl Chun Hyang: On ice due to all the new arrivals.

Plan on trying WWW as well.

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Enjoy Unstoppable High Kick. It was so much fun and YooNo 's love for his uncle's fiance killed me.
As for My absolute boyfriend, it is not that the writing or acting is bad. i think there is something off and I get a feeling that is because Young Gu is too human. He looks very human and behaves like too human. Zettai Kareshi, the original Japanese version tried to make sure that the robot is somewhat robotic, ie they painted his body and face a bit dark shade and smooth to distinguish him from a human being.
Though Ma Wang-Joon has many flaws, I would find myself ok with Da-Da with Ma Wang-Joon. I enjoy HJH palys a figure with a comflicted emotion. He could show a layer of emotions.

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I actually think what you are describing is a flaw of writing and directing together. If Young Gu is acting too human it must be because he is written and directed to act as such. Because the alternative is he is acting bad.

I think my main problem is that while those who don't know he acts human enough to not raise any suspicion none of his actions are genuine so I can't get passed seeing him as a machine. That means I find him asking Da Da "give me a chance" ridiculous. I never had this problem in Are You Human Too?

I am firmly on Ma Wang Joon's corner. Yes, he made mistakes but he is not cruel, nor does he want to hurt Da Da. He was clueless. As I said, they sacrificed his character with bad writing to push Da Da towards Young Gu in a very heavy handed way.

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Aw, I think Min Ik's bestie, Dae Joo is trustworthy. I think it is his secretary noona that his shady and is trying to help him elevate his status/connections at work behind his back. That is why she said that shady stuff during lunch about being on his side whatever.

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Just finished watching Beauty Inside. Loved, loved both Seo Hyun-jin and Le Min Ki. Been picking up and dropping C Dramas, I wished some of young actresses in those shows have a quarter of Seo Hyun-jin's acting chops.
Have started on both Angel's Last Missions and Search Query: WWW. I enjoyed Search Query: WWW and hope the show continues the good work.

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I just realize the picture is taken from Save Me 2, yay! It's the only drama I watch at the moment. Thank you Mary!

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I’m up to ep6 :) He’s such a blockhead LOL. I already knew the password! I thought he’s rejecting Iris because he doesn’t want to continue the cycle of family abuse (him turning into his father). But apparently he just reaaally doesn’t know that Eun-ah likes him. What a dumbo.

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Thinking is hard, it's easier to beat someone up, it's not his fault computers don't work that way ;)
(but when he tried to use his brain for a moment in this week episodes, I must admit, it made him really hot, shame it lasted a minute or so, thinking is not for everybody apparently).

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Agree with Shach, he's not dumb. Mary, you'll see it in this week episode (9-10). I actually enjoy watching his dumb and bewildered expression, it's really funny.

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I can't wait to see more of blockhead Min-cheol then. XD

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u will start to enjoy him lmao and u understand his character more. at first i was so mad and i was like idek if i wanna finish the show. but the long mark of trauma they have is...really sad lol

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maybe not enjoy but at least get it. i never like guys like this but i am really into his character otherwise i wouldnt watch. also he and eun ah are so frickin cute omfg

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Oh, I do like his dumbness! I wanna say more about him and the pastor and the whole village but saving it for next week’s www in case I’m wrong. :)

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Bom Bam: I fall in love a little more every week, but I'm also becoming increasingly annoyed with Jeong-in. She could learn a little something from her Unni about sticking to her guns. Come on, it's time for everyone to embrace a little happiness!

One and Only Love: L sticks out like a sore thumb compared to seasoned actress Shin Hye-sun, and it becomes more telling with every episode. Not that I mind! It actually grounds all of the tragedy a little and makes it a pleasant-enough watch that I never feel too overwhelmed. Lee Moon-sae's 'A Welcome Rain' breaks my heart every time I hear it, though.

Absolute Boyfriend: The love robot is sentient! Whoop whoop! Next week is going to hurt, and I'm ready~

Beauty Inside: I picked this up again out of nowhere, and I've sped through four episodes. I still don't care that much about the romance, but boy does this drama have the best cameos.

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It is difficult for anyone to match Shin Hye-sun. L is actually doing very well- in fact his performance is the best he has ever done. Of course, getting to play opposite an actress at Shin Hye-sun's level would make anyone better. And remember that L is primarily a K-pop singer, he only has a limited background as an actor. Under the circumstances I am quite pleased with his performance- he actually makes a very believable angel.

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I'm absolutely happy with him! I'm actually really enjoying the fact that he's exaggerating and overemphasising everything, it gives Dan so much energy.

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CRICKET - Matches have become a bit more interesting. Graphics are good. ECB is run by idiots.

Tennis - Nadal really loves french fries.

Don't fight wit fools - 7/10
Rike Koi - 7.5/10 Hilarious 1st episode. I was wAITING for its translation.

Before We Got Married - The guy is crazy and abusive. Park Ha Sun's show will compete with this one.

Search - I say its just pretentious trash. Might change later. But 1st week is just to fool the audience, mostly female audience.

Angel's Last Mission is another romance trash. Ofcourse angel has to fall in love with pitiable heroine. Dozen other shows had almost same storyline and plot and even almost same presentation. No value at all.

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ROUGH - Adachi Mitsuru. 2019 is the time i have decided to see the outcome of much of media.

Only Adachi makes flowers bloom in your heart.

KaKegurui Movie - didn't did well in theaters.

Kingdom - superhit. All the praise for the manga.

Hibiki movie is doing averaGE business too.

Ready for MAkoto Shinkai's Weathering With You.

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CROSS GAME - Yes

Afro tanaka -
Kyou Kara Ore Wa - movie 2020

Yokohama Ryousei is everywhere - saW new movie trailer. This guy became Hot stock in just 9 months.

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Search Query: WWW I'm in love ❤️ I had zero expectation and didn't even plan to check it out but I'm so glad I did!
A drama with three very strong but conflicted women and I'm interested in all three so far. The drama feels a bit dreamy, the whole atmosphere makes it especially interesting for me. I'm totally in for more!!

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Me too... This drama was not on my watch list at first. Didnt notice before. But now I am in love and cant wait for next ep.

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MY ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND: I don't know what to think about this drama. Robot --Human romance is not appealing to me. I think I'll drop it and stick to reading the recaps.
ARTHDAL CHRONICLES: I'm loving this. Can't wait for episode 3.

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I'm with you on Absolute Boyfriend - I just don't know what to think. One minute it looks like the human relationship will get better (since he was forced to end their relationship - but why and who's behind it?), then they ruin it with cheesy romantic music between her and the robot. I was glad to see she was getting tired of the perfect love from the robot, but then they go back and forth. Too frustrating.

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The Secret Life of My Secretary: Until when we have to see Gal Hee as fake Veronica Park? Min Ik please please find your true love.

Search: WWW: After watching ep 1-2, I fell in love with this show. The three lead women are too strong I likeyyyy so much. I like the theme. I like the characters, scripts. So far so good. I am so excited to see team task force Barro vs best friend-Ga Young Unicorn.
Romance between Tami and Park Morgan is too beautiful. But will there be any twist?! Lets seeee....

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The writing is really good! I can't wait to learn more about Park Morgan, his group of guys seems like the funny we need in the show.

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Yeaaah... trueee. Park Morgan team seems interesting and funny. Hope the writernim explore more about that too. Tho we know the focus of the drama is the lead women... But I am so excited for the next eps.

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- THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY (Ep.10): Min Ik is asking the right question even though he is too dumb to answer it: “which girl do I love?”. Aww. I’d prefer to have the truth revealed soon rather than in ep. 15.

- ARTHDAL CHRONICLES (Ep.2): I found ep. 1 too intense, but ep. 2 slowed down and spent some time with two main characters. I can’t wait to see what happens now so I guess that’s good.

- FATHER IS STRANGE (Ep. 8): Is he strange because he’s so undramalikely nice? I haven’t seen such supportive parents and happy spouses in a while! Their kids are so lucky.

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Father will become strange when he starts acting strange.

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FATHER IS STRANGE is one of the greatest weekend family drama's ever made (FIVE KIDS is the only show that is its equal). As you go along you will get the "strange" part- and no it does not mean he has some sort of mental issue, just a difficult past. I love the fact that the oldest daughter is the most accurate portrayal of a lawyer ever done in a drama. And the character development is wonderful in this show. For instance, In the beginning episodes you absolutely hate the character of Kim Yoo-joo (and with good reason) but by the end of the show you will love her.

And yes, their kids are very lucky.

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I enjoyed Father is Strange a lot. Lee Yoo Ri is fabulous as the oldest daughter and the siblings' relationship is one the best I've seen in dramaland.

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Min Ik really is a dumb dumb, but he's a cute dumb dumb. Hahah.

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Ugh, I'm with Laica about The Secret Life of My Secretary. I fully expected Gal Hee to come clean by last week and by pressing the reset button to prolong the deception just made me lose interest. Especially now that I'm obsessed with Angel's Last Mission!

I came to Angel's Last Mission for Lee Dong Gun and Shin Hae Sun but fell really hard for L's innocent Angel. The first 1.5 (1, 2, 3) episodes were hard to watch but by the end of episode 2 (4), I was really drawn in, especially at the end of episode 3 (6) when Angel Dan swooped in with his wings to shelter YeonSu from the shattering chandelier.

The scenes are all beautifully shot, with hauntingly melancholic music that really sets the mood. I usually don't obsess over a show until mid way through but this is the first time I've fallen so hard for a show this early. So many heart fluttering moments! Dan's earnest angel is so precious.

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I also fell for this show from the beginning- and it just keeps getting better. And I too came to this show because Shin Hye-sun is one of my favorite actresses. This may be her best performance yet. And I am so grateful that the costume designer is dressing her so beautifully - in a way that actually shows off her beauty rather than hiding it- which seems to be what has always happened before (except when she wore her wedding dress in FIVE KIDS). But, above all it has been her incredibly nuanced acting which has made this show such a treat- the writer has made a great script and she is doing full justice to it.

OK, I admit that I am gushing, but when it comes to Shin Hye-sun I am a very real fan.

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Absolute Boyfriend: I am enjoying this show thoroughly, even if I do not like the second male lead. Yeo Jin Goo is killing it & also making me uncomfortable with how he managed to turn me from “he is a kid!” to fanning myself at times. I am glad the end of ep 8 happened because now the FL can finally move on & look at our adorable sincere Roboboy fully, even if I will have to see him get hurt in the process 😭😭

Arthdal: This one is head to head with Absolute Boyfriend regarding which drama I am enjoying the most right now. I don’t have the issues that everyone else has with this one because I went into it knowing nothing &, henceforth, appreciated it for what it was - a high fantasy, which is right up my alley. I appreciate it for breaking up the viewer fatigue that I hadn’t even realized I had until this show came along. I cannot wait for this week’s eps! I hope it stays solid throughout it’s run!

The Secret Life Of My Secretary: This one has fallen on the enjoyment scale ever since I fell for the other two shows, but it is still enjoyable. The plotting in this show is minimal. It is really just all about the cute & watching Kim Young Kwang in love. Which is why the reveal getting stretched for so long doesn’t infuriate me the way it does other people, because I honestly didn’t expect anything else. The reveal will most probably happen next week & I’m tuning in.

The shows I dropped this week:-

Angel’s Last Mission: Acting of key people (mind you, other than Shin Hye Sun) is all over the place, characters feel like caricatures (again, except Lee Yeon Seo), the family conflict is annoying instead of well done, entire scenes & plot lines end up feeling contrived, & the romance shouldn’t exist. I couldn’t care less for the actual plot or characters. The final nail in the coffin was when the person making me watch this mess regardless, the FL, insinuated that she doesn’t need anyone’s love & care unless it is romantic. Oh & when the show developed dissociative amnesia & skipped straight to ep 12 angst after ep 4. No, thank you.

Perfume: Meh. Failed to make any impression on me & the first ep felt like a montage.

Search: WWW: Thank you, @missvictrix. I am glad I am not the only one who thinks this way about the show. Couldn’t get past the first episode.

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Search: WWW: It’s been a while since a premiere grabbed me like this. I was expecting something rom-com-ish but got a drama with fierce, complicated women. I like that the drama is set at competing web portals and is bringing up current Internet issues. I like the romance and especially like that it is just one part of the drama and not the focus. I love the dialogue and OST. I’m trying to keep my expectations low in case it goes south later on, but so far, SO good.

Arthdal Chronicles: As someone who never got into fantasy stuff, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this, but I did. I enjoyed the world-building and liked that despite some silly, fantastical stuff, the themes are very relatable and parallel stuff that has happened and is still happening in the world.

Perfume: I was thoroughly turned off by the premiere episodes. Pass.

The Secret Life of My Secretary: The Good: The OTP is cute. The Bad: The lie dragging on is ruining the cuteness. The WTF: They did CPR on a fish.

Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Not sure I will continue this one. I like Dan and YS but not how quickly the feelings have developed. I hate the evil aunt and cousin. I feel icky when KW is onscreen.

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Mary, every thing you said is the reason Lookout is ten times better on rewatch.

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I had actually been losing steam in korean dramas this past year but this month has actually a really good run for me (partly because it's my holidays now). Granted, I'm only watching 2 shoes right now but these shows are really fulfilling for me:
1 - Angels Last Mission:
I really love this show! It's such an easy watch for me despite all the melo because there is such great chemistry between the leads. I feel like this is the type of drama where you get attached to every character because each character is so unique and distinct. I start feeling for characters like the lady butler and Ni Na and even the dancers. I love the ballet aspect of it too as the writers really made sure to do their research in the topic to portray it in such a mesmerising and believable way. And of course, the main point -- the leads. They're really doing such a great job and they really nailed it in the sweet spot for me.
2 - Arthdal:
I wasn't so sure about this in the first episode but the second one really tied all the pieces together and packaged the drama really nicely to me. I love how rich the "history" of this land is, like all the tribes and traditions etc. etc.; it makes that world really developed and mystical.

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Oh wow, I must have been really sleepy when I wrote this. I swear I'm not watching shoes.

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Perfume: I said I'll watch it and I did. I said I have reservations about it and in the 1st episode my reservations were kinda validated.

But I'm not as affected as many beanies are. I assume it is because I spoiled myself too much when I snooped around for more drama info (Dang it SSR and his first lead role! Hah!). The promos were wacky or just conflicting, the descriptions were filled with tropes and cliches it drove my expectations low. It was an encapsulation of all sorts of social issues from suicide, murder, body shaming etc2. I walked in prepared knowing I might dislike this show.

With that said..I found the episodes overall enjoyable. Ep 3-4 reeled me in. There is a tinge of sadness in this despite its wackiness. Jae Hee is so rootable for me. She is so desperate. I don't agree with her choice. Planning to suicide and murder her husband is not the way to go ever. Never. But it is a drama. I'll just go with it. It shows how desperate she is. And now she has another chance to relive the days she lost in her 20s. The days that will never come back in reality. And she is totally aware of the limitations and possible consequences of using the perfume. She actually thinks and use her brain. I like Jae Hee. Both versions of her. She is capable and she knows it, but society does not accept her for her looks.

I'm interested to see her growth. She can be confident but if society in general does not accept her as is, what use is her confidence? She is a capable woman, she holds many certifications with hopes to get a job but never landed any. If anything...the issue is with society in general. How society view beauty. How beauty influences judgement.

I'll continue watching. It is hilarious if watched lightly without much thought. And since it is a fantasy drama and promoted as such I can kinda tolerate ridiculous stuff going on, anything can happen in a fantasy 🤣. I hope they study more about phobias/allergies if they want to include it in the drama. Bad representation of actual phobias/allergies is a no-no.

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Arthdal. Haha. I made fun of the hair and posters before it aired and decided to tune in..and...it is fun to watch. Again, I watch without much thought. I don't dig deep into the myth or theorize about it. I just want to see what happens. And where is Song Joong Ki's sibling? I hope he/she pops out in tonight's episode! Ahahaha

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Angels Last Mission: uh, I enjoyed the show at the beginning but I kinda just skip through the family drama now because it seems like nothing is changing in that dynamic. It's getting a little bit soap operairy for me. Basic evil family members. Nina is really the only one that's actually interesting.

I was really excited when we found out the Ballet director was an angel, because of all the possibilities it opened up for the story. But I'm not sure now if they're actually going to use it in any interesting way.

Search. WWW: Had no interest in this but I learned to always at least give shows a chance, and I'm happy that I dead. Fast pace with good acting and strong writing. And the shows gives me my hot older women fix that I need 😳.

And I think it's funny how the roles are reversed in this and Chang Ki-Yong is playing the love interest candy. His character is kinda shallow but the man can act and make a mail box fall in love with him.

Put Your Head on My Shoulder: Chinese drama. Cute low stakes show. Not alot of angst. Nice show to just have the brain chill out too.

Doom Patrol: Not a foreign drama but I consider it one of the best shows out so I've been trying to promo it more. Comic book show, but it has strong writing with great acting. It's really a dramady about getting over past scars and figuring out who you are now as a person, that just happened to have people with super powers in it (they're not REALLY super heroes.)

The show is stuck on DC streaming service, which I guess is a bonus for DC but I feel like if it was out in the wild it would be much bigger than it is.

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It feels like Shin Hye-Sun signed up for a different drama (a serious role) and everyone else signed up for something else. It goes from straight...to slapstick...to standard angst ridden tropes.

Shin Hye-Sun has obviously worked so hard in prep for this role but there is just so little for her to work with. Sadly the whiplash in drama styles is too much for me now.

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Angel's Last Mission has gotten more interesting now that we know that there is another angel- who is either a Fallen Angel or, at the very least some sort of renegade angel. Whatever our new Director is the one thing we know is that he has his own agenda- so the possibilities are enormous.

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Investigation Couple 2 - really strong opening episode, but cringe courtroom sheningans in second one cooled down my enthusiasm, still good procedural, something I really crave this days.

Abyss - dropped, I couldn't stand rewriting characters entrily to introduce romance plot, I don't think that it's shallow or wrong when attractive people are attracted to other attractive people.

Save Me 2 - this week was really strong, finally everything is set in for confrontation, and with character like Min Cheol, violent doofus with aversion to thinking before acting, it's hard to predict how things unravel, I wonder if pastor will be able to work with him against Elder Choi.

Different Dreams - I didn't like last episodes, Mikki is a character that doesn't fit that era and circumstances and her storyline was grating, and I feel like writing became less than stellar lately.

Nokdu Flower - solid as usual, no mid - run slump detected.

Voice 3 - it was purely hate watching because there was no other procedural out there, and I needed my crime fix even just to seethe at stupidity of the writers in the end.

Arthdal Chronicles - it fun to watch and fun to make fun of later with fellow Beanies.

Search WWW - I like the ladies and initial plot, I pick it up because of Jang Ki Young but now I would prefer to have him in miniscule doses on screen, the romance line is the weak and I could live with out it.

Looking for my murder and mayhem fix I binged on some Jdramas, and their crime series are way, way better than whatever Kdrama try to achieve: Strawberry Nights (older version) - great female lead, interesting cases, Maison de Police - fun and quirky, shame that not all episodes are subbed, Anata no Ban Desu - bonkers twist on "Strangers on the Train" but again not subbed regulary.

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Idk, if you watch American shows, but Hannibal has a great deal of murder and mayhem. It had 3 gorgeously violent seasons and ended too soon ffor me, but that is something to watch.

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Already watched :)

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Well, nevermind lol, Sons of Anarchy, super violent, not much police involvement, 8 seasons I believe.

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similar taste detected :D
already watched too.

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@shach, yup, lol, i like them super violent or a nice family show.

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My Absolute Boyfriend I don't know if it's the writing, directing or Yeo Jin Goo's interpretation but not being able to discern any robot like mannerisms in Young Gu mars my enjoyment of the character. I find his "love" for Da Da absolutely suffocating. This could be totally different if Young Gu is obviously a robot. I would have found it hilarious instead. Even if Da Da doesn't go back to Wang Joon, I don't want her with Young Gu. If the drama had wanted to show that she can be happy with Young Gu, they shouldn't have shown Wang Joon and Da Da in happier times. The contrast is stark. Maybe it wasn't intentional but Hong Jong Hyun and Minah sold it too well.

Angel's Last Mission The idea of god here is awful. Less of it and that annoying aunt and daughter pair. Just give me Dimples and Shin Hye Sun, thank you.

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"Suffocating". That's the word I've been looking for! Thank you! I've been wondering what's wrong with people who love the robot love. It's really creepy, imo. Every time she finds the robot suffocating, a bit later they'll play some cheesy romantic music that ruins it. I just can't figure out where this is going, but if I continue to watch it and the finale has her end up with the robot, I'll pull out what hair I have left. My ending would be the robot sacrifices himself for the two humans, which should be a possibility since there's some kind of danger. Who is behind the threats and why? That's the only thing that keeps my interest.
Angel: I haven't watched enough episodes to know what you're talking about with "the idea of god here is awful...". I've been watching too much Supernatural lately...

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Incidentally, I just watched a very interesting movie - "I Am Mother". The girl, protagonist in the show is the sole surviving human after an apocalypse, raised by an artificial intelligence - Mother. The A.I. takes the body of a robot without any resemblance to a human. Yet, it's believable that the girl develops real affection for a machine that looks nothing like her.

The issue with My Absolute Boyfriend is not that Da Da grows fond of Young Gu. Humans have a tendency to grow attached to inanimate objects. Some men probably love their cars more than their wives. What I find ridiculous is the show trying to sell Young Gu as a robot with real feelings. Even if it's not always consistent, the portrayal is.

Can you imagine what Da Da's life will be? Every morning without fail, she would wake up to a earnest bot Young Gu flashing his huge smile. I can make that into a horror show.

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Exactly! It would soon turn into a horror show!
The whole thing is just really irksome.

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I was sure that was intentional though. I mean, him following her around in a bathrobe loudly yelling that he's never going away because she's his girlfriend now was kind of terrifying. It scared her for a reason.

Now, I know where the Japanese version at least took this and it was silly and shallow so I hold out very little hope for the show overall. But I've been impressed with the depth it has so far.

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I completely agree that it was intentional.

Giving unconditional love endlessly, without ever giving any push-back, without having a back-bone and without wanting anything in return, is depicted as something negative in this drama.

That's the message I'm taking away from the "Happy Prince" story and I like it.

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Yes @cloggie I like it too. So far.

What Zero Nine can offer her is not a real relationship and he's making her realise she spent 7 years in something that wasn't a real relationship either.

For a genre that tends to promote female martyrdom as a praiseworthy trait, this is a really welcome theme.

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@leetennant @cloggie This has probably been asked before, but just how far can this robot go? Does he have all "his" equipment? After watching the last episode it seems like she "loves" him platonic but then the writer keeps vacillating her feelings. Is that to keep us guessing?
What worries me are all the comments on Viki about how swoony the robot is and how they'd love to have a boyfriend like that. Either they're very young and naive or...see no message in this drama?

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@linda-palapala, the more interesting question to me is always: how far can the robot go emotionally.

Right now, he's someone who's created & taught how to please. If other Viki viewers find that hot, then that's their prerotagive - each to their own - but I always like it when Robot dramas are really Coming Of Age stories, where uri Robo-boy learns what's really important in life.

We've got 12 episodes left, so there's a lot of growth to come (and possible) in all characters.

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In terms of how "far" the robot can go, this question is NEVER asked in Asian dramas. Ever. Honestly, it'd be my first question. Data may have been "fully functional" but we have no idea if these robots are. As @cloggie said, these stories are about the emotional side. But I wish they'd at least give a nod to the intersection of sex and emotion in humans. Zero Nine has clearly been programmed to see some kind of skinship as important to a relationship. But I doubt it'll be explored properly.

Personally I think the show did a great job of showing why a woman like this would feel a connection to a man who is all about her after being ignore and marginalised in a relationship for so long. I think they've shown the appeal of the robot well in that regard - hell I'd buy one just so he'd clean the place and fix everything. But that makes him an appliance, not a person and not somebody capable of sharing her life. And I think the show is doing a good job of showing that too.

SO FAR.

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@leetennant I had to laugh at your last comment but totally agree with everything you said. Who wouldn't be happy AT FIRST with such a male who'd be so attentive. But if it were me, I'd soon start being quite skeptical of the behavior, then downright annoyed, then afraid.
As far as the "total package", that's quite an important part of life, ya' know. So at first I thought my statement might be shallow, but then realized no, it's important.
Your last comment was right on: SO FAR. Aren't we a bunch of skeptics in every way!
I'm so curious as to who was sending those threatening letters and pics. Certain to be a twist, no? And someone who's already in the drama.

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@linda-palapala @cloggie
I don't need love. I have a vacuum cleaner and some chocolate.

Apropos of nothing, Data was not just "fully functional" but "programmed in multiple techniques".

#justsaying

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@leetennant Well, I have a vacuum and myself...just sayin'.

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@leetennant the closest they came to asking/answering that question was in AYHT when So-bongie's mate asked NS3 about it, and he was quite happy to undo his trousers and was going to show her. Only for it to be interrupted of course.

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@leetennant @cloggie
Since you said "Asian" dramas, not just kdramas, how about in Ashes of Love when the naive Yang Zi feels Deng Lun and says "what's this lump?" She's going to cut it off.
Or just about any Taiwan drama.

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Before We Get Married 😶😶

What did I just watch? Viki had episode 1 up and I decided to check this out so late into the night without knowing what this drama was about. The poster captivated me. But what did I get myself into!!!! The opening song was HOT alright. Thought it would be some sort of mature drama like Misty. Then I got really bored and found the middle part of it tiring to watch (must be because I was watching this too at 1am) and then............. towards the end of the episode...... when main leads started to have more interaction, the guy was straight up creepy af. I got chills (negative chills!) in that party scene when he was slowly chasing the girl as she frantically run away from him cuz again he’s creepy and effed up in the head. Then she went into some bdsm roo, I honestly thought for a second he was gonna rape her right there when his smiled at her like a rapist would. Very very disturbing. I cannot stomach the fact that this is billed as romance. No. I cannot stomach the fact later on in the series this same girl will fall for this creepy male lead. No, girl, please have some self respect. Sick.

Just dropping by to give everyone a warning. I should have stopped, really, when he was slowly chasing her on the staircase but nope I watched till the very end and now I couldn’t get this scene out of my head. Hopefully by writing down what I thought about this series will give me a peace of mind now. 🤢

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Is that the new Puff Kuo one? Wow, it does not sound like fluffy Taiwanese fun.

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Yes with Jasper Liu. Beautiful people with effed up plot about a male lead who was attracted to the female lead for the number of times they ran into each other “coincidentally”. And this bit too - both of them have significant others. But the guy don’t give a f cuz he obsessed her from the time they keep running into each other. Chingu, I think I accidentally found a drama that will give Well Intended Love a run for its money...... Who are writing these dramas?!!!!! It’s sick to know that women are writing plots like this.

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I don't know. I'm still reeling from the fact that Well Intended Love was so popular it's getting a season 2.

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I’m sorry I spoke too soon. I didn’t know it was getting a second season 😒

For what it’s worth, where I left Well Intended off, I didn’t find it creepy at all. Given that I dropped it after reading your guys’ comments about it and I didn’t get to the part where their “fate” and her illness were all male lead’s cunning manipulation. But this drama tho - ep 1 and it’s already disturbing! Like! I Don’t understand how people can continue watching this. I’m saying this as someone whose life revolves around spazzing and gushing over romance dramas!

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There are actually quite a few Taiwanese dramas that aren't fluffy fun. I'm waiting for Viki to air HIStory 3 today.

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I didn't know they were going to offer that. Excellent!

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HIStory3 isn't finished yet. Two eps to go this week. Although that doesn't mean that Viki won't start to add eps now.

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According to the synopsis, this drama explores love, friendship and betrayal. It's the betrayal that sounds interesting. I haven't finished the first episode yet, but I'm willing to not judge the whole thing by initial appearances.

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love - my top priority drama that makes me excited to be home after work just to watch this drama. Now that we know what happened when Angel falls in love with human, I’m scared what will happen to Dan later.

Abyss - This drama is a mess, but I still watch it anyway because I’d like to know the ending. I’ve tried to not nitpicking and questioning this drama because it’s a fantasy drama anyway, but too many absurd things happened that I just can’t...

One Spring Night - Just started watching this drama ep1-4, but uh-oh, I don’t like where this drama is heading to although Jung Hae In (😍) is so handsome in this drama.

Arthdal Chronicles - Didn’t plan to watch this at first because the promo seems meh, but I watched it as it’s on Netflix. I gotta say, it’s not bad and I will continue to watch this as long as the the writer continues with good storytelling.

Voice 3 - I’m late to Voice party, but as usual, this drama has never failed to surprise me.

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Absolute Boyfriend is quite a nice surprise. A show I originally planned as a trash watch and then almost didn't start because I hated the Japanese version, turns out to be pretty good - at least up until episode 6. I feel like it's getting to the meat of a lot of the issues around a euphemistic "dating robot" that the Japanese version did not: why we'd want one but also why we can't have a real relationship with one.

In particular, the female lead's determination to treat Zero Nine as if he isn't a robot throws up a whole other set of issues around her ownership of him. If he is a machine and his reactions are entirely programmed, then any relationship she has with him is entirely in her own mind. If he is a thinking, feeling being then he's essentially a slave.

I particularly like that the male lead's noble idiocy was shut down hard and fast by a dose of ice water from his manager. There is nothing laudable about him lying to and dumping his girlfriend to "protect her".

While I'm not totally sold on the antagonist being a crazed misanthropic toy-obsessed torturer, I can kind of see where they're going with it and if they pull it off it could work.

Also I picked up Abyss and I dropped Abyss and what a mess of a show that was.

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As History3 : Trapped comes to a somewhat underwhelming conclusion, I've forced to conclude I was right about it when I first wrote my blog post a few weeks ago: they should never have attempted the action genre. This show seriously jumped the shark this week. And with only two shorts episodes to go, I don't see them pulling it all together.

https://invisibledragon.home.blog/2019/05/22/trapped-a-story-of-history-3/

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I haven't watched it yet, but figure it's going to be more like the other HIStory dramas. Not the best acting, but interesting to watch. And bravo for Taiwan.

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i'm having a hard time with abyss also... but i keep going back to try to find where i left off (i'm behind because i sorta dropped it, then wanted to try it again for Park Bo Young) and i don't understand what's going on and why the family just accepts that the guy is the former guy but they don't know about her being his former friend.........

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Because she's different...?

I swear this show is written by an AI that was fed a selection of scripts and just took elements from all of them and smashed them together.

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PERFUME: Watched first episode and dropped. Nothing compelling or interesting in the set-up or acting.
ANGEL'S LAST MISSION: The pace and acting has been good. The evil aunt taking over the foundation plot is terrible. The sponsor dinner was written poorly and unbelievable. The fantasy story elements may overwhelm the humanity of YS recovery.
ONE SPRING NIGHT: Still too "middle episodes" of Pretty Noona to get any real traction (because of the stalled attraction).

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@mary, yes to everything you said about Angel's Last Mission. If they make Nina turn evil, they'll be betraying her character. Now that I think about it, what really needs to happen is for her to discover what her family is up to and stand up to them somehow, whether by leaving them, thwarting them, or exposing them. Maybe Ms. Elena will help.

@laica, you nailed it on Secret Life of My Secretary. But let's not put all the blame on GH. They've really dumbed Min-ik down for the sake of comedy. Where did the super-competent businessman go? Wouldn't he have put 2+2+2+2+2 together by now? I wish the writers let him show some intelligence.

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You're right, it's also SO ridiculous that he hasn't figured it out yet, but I mentioned it last week and my rant was getting a bit long 😂

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I really appreciated both your rants, even though I'm not watching Perfume (and never would now). Keep ranting.

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I think that having the Director turn out to be a (fallen?) angel may be precisely a way to keep Ni-na in her original character.

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My family went viral - this is the best drama of the season. everything has a meaning and I love it.
Kakafukaka - what the everliving bad drama. I am tired of it.
Majo no Jōken - Maybe its cause I watched Chugakusei nikki, but this one looks a bit unbelievable to me.
Also, why is it that in teacher student dramas, everytime the woman is older, her entire life is bad and becomes worse while the drama advances. Meanwhile if it's the opposite the male teacher suffers nothing.
Takane to Hana episode 7 - in a fluffy drama you get a storyline that makes less sense than the main story and make it a mess.
Oh well, thank God new dramas will come soon.

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Mukai is the best drama of the 2019. It gives strong competition to 2018 dramas too.
kakafukaka - raise your both hands in surprise. Still better than other shoujo trash.

Maybe writers plays the cliche of heroine needs hero to protect her. If heroine is doing well then how come hero will pitch in.

Irrespective of demography - Mukai is best watch.

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I think that the heroine having a good life but finding the missing link when she meets the hero can be a good drama too.

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Watching> Nokdu Flower, will watch once weekend has passed, busy at work.
Love Me Actually: Dating show 🙂
Arthdal: Not for me
My Family Goes Viral> Enjoying it.
The Legends

Not much catching my interests in K drama at the moment. Too many of the fantasy C dramas are the same. Hmmm. If I watch too many J or C dramas or too many older K dramas, then my Bean count will suffer, however, suffering through bad dramas for the sake of a Bean is not worth it. 🤔😢😔

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Quite the conundrum 🤔.

I'm watching K-DS oldies 😏

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I thought Perfume was bad, but I was not even close to Laica's reaction. I too will drop it!
@laica thank you for your review on Perfume.
Also, I don't like how the lie keeps getting extended on The Secret Life Of My Secretary, but I'm in too deep on Kim Young Kwan. I'll just have to endure the reveal 😖

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WWW: I watched the first 2 episodes of this last night. I felt a little here and there, and I zoned out for a lot of "purposeful walking" scenes. The 2nd ep was better, so I'll still tune in for a little while - if just for more swoony Jank Ki-yong. He is a really beautiful man.
One Spring Night: I still love, love, love this one. It is my crack. It's been a long time since I watched a show that made me wanted to watch the episodes multiple times. I love the second watch, because I don't have to pay as much attention to the subs and can watch all the micro expressions on our leads' faces. Such good acting.
The Secret Life of My Secretary: Just tell him already.
Le Coupe de Foudre: The ending was perfect. I loved the final episode and all the snap shots of their married life. It was a whole episodes of those little clips that I loved so much from the beginning of the series.
Always Be My Maybe: I laughed throughout this one. Keanu Reeves was the perfect choice for that roll, and it I could thoroughly enjoy it because everything I've read about him says he's actually a super nice guy in real life. :)

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Thanks for the review of Always Be My Maybe, I was hoping there would be some Beanie comments.

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Whoa... so many typos, switches in tense, and left out words. Sorry. I am always trying to type these while being distracted, and it shows!!

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I've watched Always Be My Maybe three times. Warm chemistry, a lot of chuckles, and overall, I'm happy to see American production companies recognizing there's an audience for these stories.

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*NOKDU FLOWER: Brilliant!! I love this one.. ^^

*ABBYS: the story is kinda scattered but I'll keep watching because of the PBY and AHS's chemistry... They're are so cute together :)

*MY AHJUSSHI: the feels that gives off to it's viewers, every after you've watched an episode are no joke... it's like you're being punched because of it's life related conflicts in the story that you can relate to...

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It's better late than never. Glad you're discovering and enjoying the little gem known as My Ajusshi.

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Gem is all it is♥️

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My Ajusshi tops my list of 'The best drama I've EVER watched'.

The one flaw to me is early on I don't think the actor Lee Sun-kyun quite has a handle on *why* his character Dong-hoon is treating his wife so badly (and we have to wait lots of episodes to find out). So he over-does it a bit. He said he had been struggling with his character in the beginning.

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@laica, thanks very much for your honest appraisal of Perfume, now I know for sure that I shouldn't try to watch it 😮

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Forgot to add, I'm watching WWW and liking it. It's intriguing, esp the music, and I'm very interested to see what happens to these women.

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@laica, you said everything that I wanted to say about Perfume. I think that’s the most I’ve “nope”’d during the first 30 minutes of a drama ever. I did not watch past that and your comments about what happens later mean that I will definitely not be giving it another chance. Thank you.

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Currently Airing

ANGEL’S LAST MISSION: LOVE: Honestly, I really enjoy this sometimes. And other times it’s just ‘meh’. There are so many possible directions and the anticipation of the potential angst is always on my mind, and that makes for distracted drama watching. But Shin Hye-sun just leaves me in awe each week, and that’s enough for now. Also, the OST is very much above average. (ep. 5-8)

SEARCH QUERY: WWW: Wow. All I can say is that I am so utterly impressed right now! I haven’t been this excited about a drama since Misty. The female characters are so intriguing and practically leap out of the screen. It really made me realize just how much dramas are lacking in strong female characters, particularly ones who are incredibly ambitious.

I’m also loving the chemistry between Jang Ki-yong and Im Soo-jung. It’s just so much fun. Awkward beginnings are so my thing, so the first couple episodes have left me very happy.

Gushing over. Just please watch this. Do give it until the second half of the first episode, though. The setup is much needed at the beginning to really get the story going (even if it’s a bit boring).

Side note: I didn’t know you could add so much tension to a drama about the internet. I was absolutely on the edge of my seat during the court scenes. (ep. 1-2)

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The second episode is where it really shines. I think the writing is super smart and I am all for powerful women in the tech industry! Can't wait to watch more!

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Le Coup de Foudre: I guess my expectations for this drama were too high. I know I'm probably in the minority here since a lot of you enjoyed this drama. I think ultimately the reason I didn't enjoy this drama much was because of the issues I had with its tone. I loved the novel this drama is adapted from I Don't Like The World I Only Like You (why in the world did the drama go with such a weird French title instead of something closer to its original title for the English translation?). The novel was heartfelt and nostalgic which the drama mostly succeeded in translating to screen however I felt the novel was also playful and funny which I don't think the drama adapted so well and to me that was a huge part of the novel's charm. Another problem I had with the drama was how it decided to write its male lead in the book he had a dry sarcastic sense of humor and they really watered it down in the drama. (Yes there are some flashes of his humor here and there in the drama but for me they are too few and far between.) In addition I hated the change they made to his back story family wise. I'm guessing they did it because they thought the audience needed some explanation to why his personality is the way it is. So they gave him the standard unhappy home drama male lead back story which totally unnecessary. First because it isn't true and second in the drama itself the male lead says in regards to his personality that he's always been like that. I feel like by giving us a sad back story the producers aren't only doing a disservice to its audience by thinking that we need a sad back story for every antisocial and quiet character but they are also doing a disservice to the plot. Because a huge part of why Zhao Qiao Yi rejected Yan Mo was because he came from a happy warm and well off family which was in stark contrast to her poor single parent family. (Yeah they changed Qiao Yi's back story as well but that's not one of the things I have problems with). If the drama kept the fact that Yan Mo's home was warm and happy I feel that would give more credence to Qiao Yi's initial decision to reject him.
Something else that made the drama lose some of its charm for me was the decision not to fully adapt the stories of her college dorm mates. They made brief appearances in the drama but that was it. Their stories in the novel were some of the most funny and heartfelt parts and it saddens me they didn't adapt them even though they had 35 freaking episodes. Which brings me to another issue I had was the pacing which I found too slow for my liking especially in the beginning. I felt like they spent too much time in with the characters in high school I get they were they were trying to be nostalgic but to me it just seemed like it was very meandering. Another thing I was not a big fan of was their choice to frame the flashback scenes with this frame that had blurry edges.
Wow I ranted a lot. Please don't get me wrong I don't think this is a bad...

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I’m pleasantly surprised and now hyped about WWW. I went into it with little/no expectations. I didn’t watch the video teasers. I mainly checked it out because of Lee Da Hee. I’m happy that she has another strong, likable role. I love that there is not one, but three female leads and no Candys in sight. I like that they are holding top positions in their career and we will see more of their power struggles and complex relationships.

The premiere was confident in delivering its message and introduction to the world of search engine companies. I did not mind the focus on the business. It was quite interesting.

I’m glad there is more to the plot than just the romance and I hope the writer keeps it that way.

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I finished watching Guardian last week which I liked and I came to discover an actor by the name of Zhu Yi Long. This led me to watch Granting You a Dreamlike Life which I enjoyed also. The writer(s) did a good job setting up the friendship between the two male leads so that when it went south you could feel the pain. Also well done was the female lead loving both men. Sometimes when a person loves two people she/he can come across as fickle but for me that never happened. She fell in love with the second lead at first sight then some things happen and she fell out of love with him after she had no choice because of his actions. She and the first lead became friends then she started to love him (he was already in love with her) slowly. Tragic love in the 30s but happy love in the present time.
Now I am watching Royal Sister Returns/Princess is Back. The two previous dramas used 40 episodes wisely this drama did not. I feel like it should have been wrapped up at episode 25 but two more story lines were added stretching it to 36 episodes. I know writers have different plots going around in their head but that does not mean you need to cram them all in one drama.
So far I am liking the acting from Zhu Yi Long. In all three dramas his characters have been vastly different. Once I wrap up Royal Sister Returns I will give Border Town Prodigal a look. I might see yet another side of him.

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I'm watching Granting for the 3rd time! I've had trouble getting into Guardian because I love Zhu Yi Long's character in Granting so much. I've not heard of Royal Sister - is it on YouTube? Also I don't know where to find Border Town. Zyu Yi Long is also in the new My True Friend on Viki but they're taking awhile to sub it, and it looks like everybody's watching for Deng Lun.
What is it about Zhu Yi Long anyway? Why is he so adorable and what I also love is he plays such different roles.

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Royal Sister Returns is on YouTube but is called Princess is Back. In this one he is the total opposite of his Granting character. The female lead is Ady An. Border Town Prodigal is also under You Tube but so far there are only 43 of 50 episodes subbed in English. I've heard of My True Friend but I am not sure I will watch it right now because of Angelbaby and Deng Lun does seem to be the reason to watch but I have never heard of him.

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If you mean you haven't heard of Deng Lun - he was the lead male in Ashes of Love. Not much of it is subbed on Viki.
So do you highly rec'd Princess is Back?

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To me if you have time to spare then go for it. I watched it to the end and I was just sort of, "Meh!".

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If you are a fan of Zhu Yi Long, then you have to watch The Story of Ming Lan.

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I wasn't planning on watching Ming Lan because I don't care for the lead actress, but once I saw saw Zhu Yi Long was in it I've added it to my Watchlist. Thanks!

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I think a lot of people find The Story of Ming Lan to be a little slow going until episode 20 or so. I never did though. Zhu Yi Long gives a very powerful acting performance in this drama.

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Ooh, thank you for that!

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I will give The Story of Ming Lan a try. Thanks.

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Hope you like it!
Dramapanda had an article about the drama where the director was talking about the three leads(Zhao Liying, Feng Shaofeng and Zhu Yilong). I am not sure if the link will work but you can copy and paste it if not.
http://www.dramapanda.com/2019/01/story-of-minglan-director-talks-about.html

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Thanks for the link! What a wonderful article. I already subscribe to Dramapanda but didn't bother to read the article when Minglan came out since I didn't want to watch it nor did I know who Zhu Yilong was at the time. What nice things the director said about him!