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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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Chief of Staff: This is a safe space to squee, right? LEE JUNG-JAEEEE! Okay, fangirling aside, I was dying to watch Chief of Staff because I wanted to see what drew Lee back to the small screen. I finally got my answer: richly drawn characters, political schemes, and a tightly woven narrative. I don’t know if it’s due to the skill of the writer or the actors (probably both), but Chief of Staff manages to create tension in scenes where there’s very little on-screen action. It makes for a fascinating watch and it means that I’m only 3 episodes in–but I’m already worried for the fate of Lee Jung-jae and Shin Mina’s political careers.

Miss Baek: This film’s been on my radar since it premiered, but I only managed to make time to watch it this week, and DAMN. Miss Baek tore me apart emotionally, but my only regret is that I didn’t make time to watch sooner. Han Ji-min was incredible, but Kim Shi-ah’s turn as the shellshocked but resilient survivor of abuse stole the film (and she’s still so young!). Kwon So-hyun also turned in a hatefully good performance and I need to see her in another project, stat, otherwise I fear I’ll always see her as the hateful abuser she played in the film. Miss Baek may have torn me apart, but the film managed to stitch me back together in the end.

 

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: I avoid stating the obvious but holysmokes is Shin Hye-sun owning every second of screentime this show is giving her. As for the story itself, did anyone else feel like we skipped a lot of movement during episodes 17-18? I don’t know how Ji Kang-woo went from “This ballerina is my tool” to “I’m gonna say farewell to my decade-old love now.” I feel like this PD casted Lee Dong-gun because of his amazing performance as the increasingly crazed lovesick king in Seven Day Queen, but Angel’s writing skipped the “increasingly” and just went straight to the crazy part. Complete with teleportation powers. (Does that make me crazier then, for still wanting to get my hands on the next episode stat?)

Lookout: I can’t decide which look I like best on Jang Do-han: the greasy weaselly airhead or the scheming puppetmaster. And this part is totally corny but I totally squealed when Kyung-soo and Bo-mi were meeting up and he kept walking past her. Plus their awkward Oppa moments in the hideout. Hehe~ (Look, let me have my ship, okay? I need something to cling to when the bitter end arrives.)

Mother’s Touch: Korean Side Dishes: I’ve never talked about this show because it’s mostly just cooking, but I watch it from time to time because yey~ Korean food. The latest episode I saw had Lee Sang-min (one of the Tone-deaf Detectives in I Can See Your Voice) having an impromptu instant ramyun battle with Chef Choi and comedian Jang Dong-min. I won’t spoil the results but I did pick up three new ramyun recipes and a bellyful of laughs, so check out that episode if you like playing around with instant noodles. Or just check out the whole show in general. Even without the MSG-laden cravings, it’s hilarious to watch three professional chefs slyly throwing shade at each other while trying to keep up with Soo-mi’s “add a bit of this” “add a bit of that” style of cooking.

 

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The Secret Life of My Secretary: This week’s episodes were actually really satisfying, despite how unhappy I was with the super-late reveal (and apart from this weird twisted Robin Hood secretary plot that is trying to justify attempted murder). I felt like the show was effective at making Gal-hee face the truth of how deeply hurtful her actions have been, and the harsh consequences of her lies—which in turn gave Min-ik, and us, enough time to forgive her. I’ve always thought of the ghost of Gal-hee’s mother as a clever way for Gal-hee to talk to herself rather than an actual spirit from beyond; Gal-hee suddenly being unable to conjure her mother, and breaking down in her Oppa’s arms with guilt and self-blame, showed us how deeply sorry she truly was—that she felt unworthy to talk to the one person who loves her unconditionally. I also liked that Gal-hee’s confrontation with Nam-hee about hiding away instead of facing up to your mistakes was the catalyst for her to return to Min-ik’s side, without pride or excuses, to help him in the one thing he truly needed from her. This show has many flaws, but I love the way it upends conventional rom-com dynamics. How often do we have heroines whose families are either absent or serve only as obstacles to the main romance? Gal-hee’s bickering but supportive relationship with her siblings is a delight. I was especially moved by the fact that the cliched 12th episode angsty date with the Nice Guy second lead was replaced by a sweet outing with her Oppa so they could beam over how proud they were of their younger sister. And Min-ik was sufficiently jealous all the same—take note, writers. But the thing I love the most about this last episode is its treatment of disability. Mom’s words to young Joong-hee, which Gal-hee shared with Min-ik and which he then shared with the board, made me cry. It’s a simple sentiment that we’re all lacking in something, and those who can’t accept other’s disabilities are only showing their own unworthiness, but as someone who lives with disability, it got me in the heart. I think this is the first time I’ve seen a K-drama that treats disability with compassion and humanity, and disabled people as valuable and with something to offer—rather than broken people who don’t deserve love or full lives until they’ve been magically “fixed” (I’m talking to you, Fox Bride Star). And for that I can forgive this drama any amount of fish CPR or strangely obsessed secretaries.

Angel’s Last Mission: Love: AAAAH! She knows! Shin Hye-sun continues to act circles around every other human in this drama, and this week she had me weeping with her on her trip back the island and biting my nails for her at the audition. What a virtuosic performance, and what an unforgettable character in Lee Yeon-seo. The “angel” mythology in this show and its weird ideas about God continue to alternately baffle and annoy me, but everything else is magical. Grumpy and Dimples being two dorks in love is the best thing—and Yeon-seo slapping Kang-woo and telling him to back off was viscerally cathartic. I wanted to cheer when Yeon-seo told Dan that noble idiocy just means you don’t trust the other person. SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS. You better believe Yeon-seo can handle anything you tell her. And I’m so glad that they didn’t leave us with Yeon-seo’s kidnapping, but with Dan doing a literal angelus ex machina to scoop her out of the sky. *rubs hands together* I can’t wait for next week!

Love Me Actually: This celebrity travel/dating show is manipulative garbage, and I love it. I want Min-kyu and Ji-an to finally get together, Seung-yeun and Sun-young to admit that they’re probably already dating, and Heo Kyung-hwan to quit, because he gives me second hand embarrassment, and he’s clearly never met a woman he didn’t try to hit on. BUT STILL. I’ve been watching every Sunday since the first week, God help me. (It’s Min-kyu’s dimples, I swear those things are lethal. Jung So-min barely escaped, and she had Lee Min-ki at home!)

 
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This week features a race to the bottom between Voice 3 & Arthdal. Arthdal Aseudal Arsedal has a few thousand years head start, but Voice 3 is "gaining" fast. #whydoipunishmyselflikethis

Investigative Couple / Partners for Justice: A-/B: Less power struggle this week, more murder cases :) This is what season 1 should have been. K-sequels don't have to be worse than the originals?! The natural order of the universe has been overturned!

Chief of Staff: B-/A: Not really my thing, but you might like it. And it's from JTBC, who are officially the experts on inside political dirt after their key role in exposing Park Geun-hye / Choi Soon-sil gate. For those who didn't follow the news, lets just say -- who needs a kdrama-style scheme to defeat a fancy security system when the baddies just leave evidence lying around in an abandoned office? And who needs a puny little USB when you can get their whole tablet? It was a Samsung, of course :)

Secret Life of My Secretary: B-/B for days 9/10. I'm still behind, just got to the cat-food fish CPR. It's both funny and draggy.

Arthdal: C/D: Overdone drama about executions. Twins raised separately.

Voice 3: D/C-: Third time/season is not the charm. Actually worse than Arthdal until the emergencies start.

Abyss: A/B+: Magic Marble becomes God's Gift to Torturers!? I always kinda expected/hoped-for a revenge-resurrection.

Joseon Survival: B+/B: Why are the subs so late???

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I read in soompi forum is that they will have Voice 4 and Voice 5. Take it as grain of salt. I have Voice 3 on my watch later on list.

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Then will my Voice not be heard when I tell them to do it right or don't do it at all?

Show would have been better as an American-style 95% crime of the week with little or no big conspiracy, but I fear that they plan instead to have a conspiracy so big it will take two more years to wrap it up :(

And the cynic in me says that by that time the whole concept will be pointless and obsolete because:
1: The evil conspirators will have won.
2: The won't need emergency call operators with super hearing because the government/baddies will be watching and listening to everything thru your smart home devices and security cameras with mics, and using AI to analyze it all.

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We won’t know until later on. Lol

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"Race to the bottom" ha😆ha😆ha😅ha🤣.
This is my drama year so far! I have dropped so many shows, I feel like a game show contestant racing to hit the "flush" button.

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We may need a Beanie end of year category for counting "dropped shows" because we all will have so many 😝

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Wow, I thought I was the only one dropping shows like flies (is that still a saying?) The last drama I didn't drop was Radiant. And I've tried every single new kdrama that's come out.
Absolute Boyfriend is the only one that's on, off, on again, off again, on again, etc.

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Same here @linda-palapala ....and now you've got me wondering where that 🐝expression originated! Pesticide bombs from the 50's?

I'm sticking with three so far; One Spring Night (perfection) Kakafukaka ( j-dorama version of Friends, complete with Ross and Rachel) and Before We Get Married, a torrid TW drama.

I must be in the mood for messy (real) dramas. Everything else seems too artificial.....

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Oh, yeah, I forgot I'm sorta watching Before We Get Married...

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@linda-palapala
I gave up on Absolute Boyfriend. Are you watching any cdramas?

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@beantown Yes, I'm watching some c-dramas. Still binging The Legends, I'm on ep 34. 32 had some scenes I must have missed the first time because with new flashback scenes, they had a passionate night together...
Started Blowing in the Wind. It's taking forever to sub and was slow and boring at first but something caught my eye and now I'm enjoying the story of healing.
HISstory 3 should finish this weekend.
I have 7 or 8 c-dramas on the "To Watch" list.

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@beantown I meant to ask if you're watching any c-dramas? Do you only watch ones that are currently airing, or do you wait til they're over and binge watch?

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also add @linda-palapala
From early 2010 onwards Chinese companies started to invest big chunks of money in Korean Media. Moreover Chinese companies have started to voo foreign audience with new strategies. Youtube. There clearly is a pattern here. Who knows who is planning what behind all of it. But i do think govt involvement to some extent is there. CNdramas are targeting kdrama audience and using the same tactics of kdramaland. Superficiality fighting in all glory. I said few weeks ago - kdramasa are not speaking the language of common man and that is one of te reason they are losing the trust as well as interest of people.

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@linda-palapala @beantown have either of you watched the 2019 series Somewhere Only We Know? I just stumbled on it in Netflix and the first two episodes are good. Campus life, romance seem to be the focus.

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@catocat Now that I've watched many many C-dramas I can see the same couple of messages in all of them.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean about "not speaking to the common man" in kdramas.

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@linda-palapala I think @catocat means Kdrama doesn’t talk about common people. For the purpose of creativity (or not) Kdrama will always revolve around chaebols, celebrities, human with supernatural powers, super intellectuals etc. Common people, like working middle class, grassroots, average Joes are rarely lead characters. (Which makes Radiant Office a rare gem)

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@catocat That’s exactly the reason I don’t like watching cdrama (besides the dubbing). It’s really predictable because the message or moral is always the same. However I never thought about it being a govt “planning”. It sort of happened due to govt censorship. Before the Kdrama and Kpop restrictions in China (when I was still watching sometimes), Cdrama felt like it’s own thing. Besides plagiarized plots, it mostly felt unique to China. However it was not as appealing to younger audiences who were increasingly into foreign dramas. When the govt started shutting out K-ent, the local producers started filling in that void using every k-ent trick that worked. It was demand driven and it worked in bringing in $$$. And still, every few months a new set of guidelines are released to control the contents. So producers will again revise content to ensure the end product gets a broadcast pass, otherwise all investment go “poof”. And that’s what I really hate about Cdramas. Everything must follow the censor board narrative, because if it doesn’t it won’t get aired.

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@geliguolu: Re why you won't watch cdramas. Your reasons are exactly why I DO watch some c-dramas. I find the fact it's the same message interesting, almost fascinating, especially when they out and out tell you, not even subtlety, that being an ordinary person is to be desired. That's why in wuxia/xianxia if the "hero" gives up power and glory he gets a happy ending with the girl.
Interesting too is the fact that the $$$, not just censorship, drives the results. That seems a bit capitalistic. But the message is always anti-capitalistic, right?
What does drive me nuts is when they either lengthen or shorten dramas. For instance they shortened Golden Eyes from 60 to 55 (56?) episodes and just put up a message at the end saying "the bad guys were caught and brought to justice...". Say, what?
However, gov't censorship vs western "censorship". I consider the fact that western (American) dramas and any fiction "censored" by only selling whatever makes the most money, and the quality usually suffers. I remember having trouble finding British sf books locally because bookstores wouldn't carry them as they weren't top 10 best sellers.
Everything is about what makes the most money. That was then, now with streaming, youtube, online ordering things are more accessible.
Studying each system is quite interesting. One of my friends immigrated from China and says China is okay if you don't mind being a robot.
As another friend said, kdramas are about survival in a harsh society, American dramas are about a group of people saving the world.
Chines dramas are about being satisfied with just being ordinary and trusting the gov't to take care of you (does anybody really believe that?)

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@linda-palapala Morning! Yes, I will watch/love cdramas. I'm a non-denominational viewer, so I both binge and live-watch....either works if I'm hooked!! I'm still recovering from Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms- what a gorgeous delight! So rather than start a new drama, I revisit the scenes from the mountain, where they fall in love and marry!

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@geliguolu Very little fiction of any kind is about ordinary people w/o power.
For a female in fiction to have power she must be either an alien, a cop or a chaebol.

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@linda-palapala Chines dramas are about being satisfied with just being ordinary and trusting the gov't to take care of you (does anybody really believe that?)

That’s where I can’t agree with their message. I don’t trust govt being protective of ordinary people. To watch and consume that propaganda is unsettling for me. Yes, dramas are for entertainment, but I don’t have to kid myself with it. I’d rather step into a real fantasy of supernatural beings.

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@geliguolu: Well, yes, but the message about being ordinary (because power corrupts you) vs the gov't taking care of you because they know best is contradictory. Any entity with too much power corrupts, and that includes corporate power as well as gov't power.
Let's face it: we people who are ordinary don't really have much power. My personal opinion is if gov't can't censor what you think, politicians and political parties learn the fine art of manipulation. And people are so easily manipulated.
As far as using propaganda, all govt's use propaganda to push their agenda, mostly to help big corporations (look at the takeover of Hawaii).
"We're the good guys, they're the bad guys". That's why I find China's (not the Chinese people per se, but the gov't) dramas fascinating, they're obviously the good guys in their own mind. Especially in C fantasy where the self-righteous arrogant sect dressed in white and claim to be the good guys go around killing who they think the bad guys are, but in the viewer's eyes the immortal "righteous" are obviously the bad guys. This is very apparent in THE LEGENDS with Xu Kai and Bai Lu, and where I get the distinct impression the self-righteous arrogant sect represents um, maybe the U.S.? And the Netflix movie "The Wandering Earth" where it's only one unified gov't (obviously under China) who can save Earth.
The reason it doesn't bother me find it is since we're always the good guys in our own mind, it's fascinating (to me) to see others' pov. It's downright enlightening, esp since this is a new discovery in my eyes.

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ROFLMAO @lordcobol. I thought I heard "Arsedal," too. ;-)

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CRICKET - What a week. New Zealand vs. South Africa - I'm with Kiwis but i was also with Saffers in this match. Heart was going this and that over and over

And yesterday we had The Match of the tournament - England Vs. Sri Lanka

When Lankan's just did 232 - i said this match will either fold in 35 overs or go till 49th over and the reason was simple the wicket didn't suit England's powerplay. They all like to hit the ball hard and long and where pitch is a bit slow or ball stuck in the pitch it becomes hard to play strokes. Still I claimed that england will win at last.

When butler came in - I was of the view that take him out and match becomes 50-50 game as england has BatDeep.And when he left it was time for Sri Lanka to bring all energy into the game and England was unable to withstand the pressure. 180 for 8 and stokes on other side, Just 50 runs to go and then 9.

I felt the excitement after such a long time. That's why i always say - Sports of any genre is the real entertainment of this human world. Real - real time entertainment. Not fiction.

You can call sports a guy's porn if that satisfy anyone.

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From March to June - Watched 20+ Japanese Movies. Gave almost all of them average or below average rating. So much love for Japanese Media in someone's bigoted views.

The Cat Report - The Travelling Cat Chronicles - A+
Based on well known Novel- When source is good media will be turn out good too no matter how much of an idiot scriprtwriter or director is. Live-action adaptations usually are trash media but this time they did pretty good job. Fukushi Sota did well.
Takahata Mituski did quite good voice of Nana the Cat.
1st few minutes and tears welled up in my eyes. Such a heartwarming watch.

Saint Onii-San - 6/10 Buddha with Christ - waste of time. Better read manga or watch anime. This one is more sarcasm and jibes then comedy so if you have some understanding of both then you can get all those jokes.

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Before We Get Married - 1st week i said this is crazy and abusive. I though i was only one watching it like the Babel kdrama.
But this one is one heck of a entertainment. I agree with that comment talking about 1st episode semi-rape scene.
I call Thai Lakorns rape-romance dramas but this one fit into romance-rape as well like many kdramas and cndramas.

Each and every character is questionable here. Stack the rotten tomatoes to throw at them. Hero's antic and physical response might anger any normal person and it does anger heroine but his debate over her life decisions does make her rethink what she's doing till now. The so-called fiances(they aren't real ones) are abusive in their own ways.

This is a big PLANE CRASH. Enjoy this final destination.

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Re Before We Get Married: I thought the latest was a twist I wasn't expecting. She told him they weren't buying (?) the house and he was devastated. I'll have to watch it again because I'm not quite sure I got all the facts right. All I remember is how devastated he was.

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That's how it seemed to me too, but it was surprising - did he not remember his offer? Why would he think she went with him for any other reason????

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@okiejune
Maybe he was fooling himself and didn't realize how much he really cared for her.

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@linda-palapala. It was flipped- she was willing to spend the night for an 8 million discount on the house, but he started questioning her as to why, and when he realized she was only doing it to help the fiance- he got angry (because lets face it- his feelings were hurt). So, he refused to sleep with her and cancelled the deal.

Yes, that changes again in episode 4

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@catocat yes, yes, yes, its unquestionably trash, but I'm going down with the plane!

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Sometimes you just need something trashy...

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@linda-palapala June 24, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Omo! For heaven's sake, make a copy of your MAWANG OST and keep the original indoors. It was such good luck for you to find it, it would be a shame for it to get warped in the heat of the dashboard. ;-)

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@beantown, @linda-palapala, @catocat, @okiejune,

BEFORE WE GET MARRIED is my trashy pleasure, too. I must have been struck by lightning but didn't notice. Maybe I've developed a sleaze deficiency or something.

The first episode was indeed icky and off-putting. All the characters are flawed to varying degrees, except for (possibly) Princess What's-Her-Name's sister who returned from overseas in a later episode. Princess herself drives me up the wall with her entitlement complex. I absolutely detest entrapment via filial piety and promises extracted by expiring elders. I guess my blood pressure was getting too low, and I needed something to rile it up. ;-)

How'd you like them apples? Something like $US 316 for a single Fuji apple that was exposed to honest-to-goodness sunlight. Now that's what I call conspicuous consumption. No wonder the leading lady jumped in the lake after it. Sheesh. My dear Mom's mantra "more money than brains" is ringing in my ears. ;-)

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😘😗😘! @pakalanapikake It was sheer amusement to Google the 'price of them apples'!! I couldn't resist, either..

$300 an apple is awesome. I can just see my neighbors eyes bugging out of their heads- if they knew, these yankee entrepreneurs would be calculating how to send 'em by the boatload!

Interesting fact- where I live was the largest apple grower in the world at the turn of the century, but most of the orchards were destroyed by the great hurricane of 1938.....but there's enough left to make a fortune hawking them in Taipei!

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Heh, heh. I love the music. I mean, there's romantic music, cheesy romantic music, heroic music, etc., but I felt this was Passionate during the kiss scene. Woah.
Non-guilty sleazy pleasure, thank you!
And I was just wondering where you'd been @pakalanapikake, to tell you I still listen to the Mawang CD while driving and still love it. I just wonder how soon it's going to melt. And because it stays in the car, I never forget to lock my car.

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Btw, I like how the show is developing. I am all in for human frailty right now.

I will pass on robotic perfection,....unless there's chocolate involved!

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@beantown June 24, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Are you out by Wilmington, Mass., by any chance? That's where the Baldwin cultivar originated.

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Go Kiwis!

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75 for 2. Going good now.

Kane always does well and Ross is playing really good cricket since 2015 and both are at crease. Let's see how West Indies responds.

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Wow now I feel bad for SA.

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KIDS on the Slope - A grade
Yes i have now watched every scene. Good media should be watched at right time. I always keep good media with me. Keep it CONTINUOUS than have outcome at your hands.

Still i think writer need to do a bit better.

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I thought you already watched Kids on the Slope. The last part was rushed but it was still good. I didn't even noticed it was a manga/anime adaptation until the last 30 minutes.

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Naah. I reserve movies for right time watch.

35 minutes of movies time reserve for later moody days. Manga to live-action is really a hard job for a scriptwriter. Most of them the time writers skip or run ovehe concept-theme-purpose of the whole story. neglect key changes,events,motivations of characters and just pick few scenes from here and there to cook up a coherent story. As usual they fail so often. Same is for this movie. Nana Komatsu is here to look pretty, to please your eyes. Friendship concept is run on surface. Still, a better watch than most of other media these days.

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I agree on writers skills. Movies feel more like an additional merchandising for the original work.

Nana Komatsu had nothing to do other that being one of the reasons for the boys friendship to go bad. We didn't hear her sing.

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This week was a bit bad.
My family has gone viral ended.
Kakafukaka - Why I'm watching this when I don't care at all about the characters 🤔
I will not work overtime - Thank God for subs. This drama really is good.
Video girl Mai - whatever, I need a dumb drama.
Now that all new dramas start in July, I'm hoping for subbers to pick up more interesting ones .
Still waiting for 2 announced series 🤧

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wow Watashi Taeji de Kaerimasu is translated. I was waiting for its translation for long. Its really is a GOOD drama but i think The beautiful Yoshitaka Yoriko is doing the same feel roles.

Kakafukaka - I'm surprised its a Josei. Josei quality has gone up in recent years but then this manga is just you raise both hands and walk ahead.

The Viral Family - I have yet to watch last episode but i think kdramaland will take years to reach the level to comeforth to do this kind of media.

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Watashi Taeji de Kaerimasu it's only episode 1 for now . Irozuku Subs is doing it.

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For Kakafukaka - the best way to watch this is to read the manga at the same time because the manga and the drama explain certain things slightly differently so it all somewhat makes sense to me and I enjoy it. Well, if you can actually truly enjoy a story about a person who after being beaten by her/his own experience and/or her/his own thoughts lacks self-esteem and is easily manipulated (sexually or emotionally)

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I'm going to binge watch My family has gone viral since all episodes are subbed (aren't they?). It feels like I say this everytime for every Jdrama but never do that.

Kakafukaka: I don't care for them either but I need to know what sick ending we will get.

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The Secret Life of My Secretary:
This drama is still my happy pill and my first choice watch when there are new episodes available. I love petulant Min Ik, I could (and probably will) rewatch just to see the faces he is making.

I love Veronica and her attempts to get at her boyfriend’s skin but said boyfriend’s story and motivation for his actions weren’t handled well in the drama.

Also, the background story and the secretary guild thing turned out to be ridiculous and there is no excuse for the lead secretary justifying the driver who almost killed someone and ended up disabling him for life. At least accept that things really got out of hand. Yes, what happened to the original secretary was horrible, Min Ik’s dad was an awful man, but she still had a choice. What mother would choose to save a fish over her own life? And no matter how horrible those events are it does not justify noona’s plots in pursuit of stealing the company from Min Ik. He is not responsible for his father’s deeds.

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Mother of Mine:

I hate CEO mom and people like her who try to justify themselves in everything they do and insist that they are right, only they know best. I am so sick of her telling Mi Ri what she should do and should have done. Mi Ri should stick to her guns and tell Tae Joo the truth. If she listens to CEO mom she is an idiot but of course she will listen as we are only halfway through.

While Mi Ri is easily swayed by Mom I am glad Tae Joo is staying steadfast. He had accepted her decision and took off is ring but he is too in love to stick to it, especially when he sees Mi Ri also still has feelings for him. So I like that he is counterbalancing CEO mom’s influence on Mi Ri. But his behavior of coming to borrow her at lunchtime, holding her hand at work, trying to start rumors at the office is highly inappropriate. Doesn’t he realize rumors will affect her as a woman and his subordinate more negatively than him? It is also highly unrealistic for someone who takes his job and responsibilities as seriously as he does to act this way. He is right, them eating lunch together isn’t enough to start a rumor but his grinning face and besotted looks to Mi Ri are. I must say I am amused at the ways he finds to have a date with Mi Ri. That excuse of trying company’s products. LOL. And his ring is back on his finger! His efforts to look like the newbie Han Tea Joo out of his chaebol heir clothes and persona was very sweet.

I am also cracking up at the reaction of their office people. Especially Director Park. It is a bit worrying that Tae Joo doesn’t have any friends (neither does Mi Ri but at least she has sisters even though she doesn’t confide in them) so it will be cute if Director Park became his buddy.

Chairman’s cheating wife isn’t going to help Tae Joo and Mi Ri’s relationship. Chairman is used to deceitful woman like CEO Jeon or his wife. I think he liked Mi Ri’s openness and got affected by her not jumping at the chance to bag a chaebol heir for a husband but instead being hurt, and confessing openly that while she has no intention of being his daughter-in-law - that chaebol heir Tae Joo is nowhere near as attractive to her as the nobody newbie Tae Joo - she is also having trouble forgetting Tae Joo as the first and only man she trusted and loved. He told her to marry Tae Joo with that context pushing CEO Jeon onto a corner. I don’t expect this marriage to take place. Neither Mi Ri will accept nor will CEO Jeon allow it. In the first instance she will try to prevent it without the truth getting out. But sooner or later the truth will get out and then the Chairman will feel betrayed by Mi Ri as well after trusting her to the point of accepting her as a daughter-in-law.

Now Tae Joo’s little brother will be coming so the chairman has another heir, despite being too young yet so if he gets too angry at Tae Joo he may cut him off.

A comment about costume: Tae Joo’s old fashioned woven ties don’t fit his CEO image.

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and CEO mom. is. getting. repetitive. 🙄

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I don't know how Tae Joo turned out to be such a decent guy with that cynical, distrusting father and that scheming, power hungry adopted mother. He is just so genuine that it is impossible not to like him. So father is right. I have never seen a chaebol son like him.

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thankfully he lived away for a number of years! i guess that did him some good :)

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love: I dislike almost everything but the main couple here.

Abyss: Unfortunately this is getting from bad to worse. Due to all the stupidity we now have the villain also revived and be able to see the abyss. Still like the real Mi Do best in the show.

Arthdal Chronicles: Things are definitely getting interesting with the reveal of the twin also played by Song Jung Ki but I wish they came to this point earlier. I do not want a love triangle with anyone though.

WWW: I’d watch a show of Scarlett watching kdramas!

My Absolute Boyfriend: At this point I am only watching this for Hong Jong Hyun because they keep pushing a romance that makes zero sense. I am not buying Da Da and Zero Nine together. That’s why this is one of the shows I go to last as I am trying to watch so many at the moment.

Perfume: I stopped watching this not because I had a reason to stop watching besides time limitations but because I couldn’t find a reason to continue. I can see how one would be resentful for a youth and life they lost but given a second chance modelling is all they want to do is something I am unable to understand.

Unstoppable High Kick: Still watching and still not buying teacher and uncle’s romance. Watching for Yoon Ho and his puppy love.

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On My Absolute Boyfriend, I feel the opposite after watching this week's episodes, I don't want Da Da and Wang Joon back anymore. After 7 years with Wang Joon, Da Da finds her soulmate in Young Gu, I am convinced the robot can give her the happiness she wants. The thing I can't buy is the show telling us that Young Gu is becoming more human. Is this like Pinocchio except that Young Gu, the robot becomes a real boy? Maybe they will go there.

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I don't know how far they will go with that, you may be right, they are pushing that loveline very hard. I should have guessed when they hired a more famous a actor to play the robot. It just that I never bought the beginnings of their relationship so it doesn't feel real to me.

What we know is that there will be two of them running around now, with Zero Ten on Diana's arm.

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I never thought it that way till you mention it - yes. there are now 2 girls with their robot lovers. Pity Diana has a psychotic bend otherwise I can imagine Diana and Da Da being friends and exchanging notes on their boyfriends.

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@outofthisworld
I think Diana has more than exchanging notes in mind. She asked for the same face for a reason (wouldn't that be a twist if he asked for Wang Joon's face!). I think she has sinister plots of exchanging Zero Ten for Zero Nine and torturing the latter as that is the one who betrayed her in the end. So abusing Zero Ten with the same face would never satisfy Diana.
I feel really let down with the way this story is going (and so is everyone else it seems because it is officially SBS's lowest rated show ever and the only one to drop below 2% ratings, no wonder it couldn't find a broadcaster easily even after it was fully preproduced!).
Now they are going to make Da Da try to save her robot love from Diana's clutches. I would have much preferred the story of how a robot changed Diana for the better and taught her to love than this story of how Da Da taught a robot to truly love, as I am not buying this version at all.

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@moonbean Remakes are usually a hit or miss. The original was done more than 10 years ago, TW was in 2012. This also comes late at the heels of the Korean robot romance wave last year so I am not surprised. I can't say about HJH and Minah but I can see why YJG picked this up. If I'm a young actor, acting as a robot would be an interesting challenge. Plus he did say he wants to do more rom com.

As for the show, it seems to have split into two - Wang Joon in a more serious drama and the rest in a fun ride. I don't know what's the lesson here - maybe it's love conquers all or love is what makes one human? I think they are using Young Gu to convey these messages.

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@moonbean I was thinking Diana wanted a Ma Wang Joon robot for some reason.

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I don't think this drama did any favors to Yeon Jin Gu's career. He is lucky that he has a Hong sisters drama coming up to bleach this stain. I found his turn as a robot utterly unconvincing until he got rebooted as Diana's boyfriend. Whether it's the director's interpretation or acting or a combination of both, whatever story they are trying to tell would have been a lot more convincing if he started that robotic with Da Da and then humanized due to Da Da's effect on him. God knows they had enough time for that in a 20-episode drama. But they pointlessly chose him to be different with Da Da since the beginning, which makes zero sense.
Regarding remakes, I don't know whether they are treating this as a remake. When there is a non-drama original one can also ignore all previous adaptations and treat this as a direct adaptation from the original source.
I wouldn't get love conquers all from this drama in any of its ending configurations because someone or other will be left out in a love triangle. Whose love? What about Wang Joon's love who was obstructed by his crazy CEO? Conceivably if that guy didn't start threatening Wang Joon he would be engaged to Da Da now. Would she fall for Young Gu then?

@geliguolu
Yes, Wang Joon is also a possibility, but as I said above that would be the surprising twist rather than the expected choice for me because what is driving Diana now is revenge on Young Gu and Da Da. As Da Da no longer cares for Wang Joon what would she gain from that?
Not that much makes sense in the drama so I don't think they will think of this level of detail but giving the robot Wang Joon's face raises ethical issues as well. Similar to who owns one's DNA, who owns and has rights to one's face? Having a duplicate running around with your face would be an issue for anyone but even more so for a topstar who makes money with that face (too bad crazy CEO doesn't know of Kronos Heaven to get his robot actor to do his bidding!). As opposed to Wang Joon, one can say Diana owns Zero Nine's face as it was created based on childhood photos she gave the company so it would be within her rights to ask for the same face again.

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I gave up on logic for this drama long ago. I only thought of how Diana looked like she was thinking of something when she saw Ma Wang Joon with Dada, then decided to go to the robot shop, that she didn’t want to know she was the patron for Zero Ten. I just smelled some fish sauce. lol

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and @moonbean But I keep asking myself, yeah, they may be happy right now but what about when she's 50 and he doesn't look a day older than 20-something? Unless you're right and he becomes a real boy. If they go there I'll pull more hair out.
I'm still in Wang Joon's camp, but I have a feeling this new robot-10 will be another Wang Joon and he and Robot-9 fall in love. Oh, wait, this isn't Taiwan, I doubt they'll go there. This drama if nothing else is crazy.

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I just noticed that Da Da has this robot toy with fairy lights (not Young Gu) which she brings to bed with her. I probably missed it in some earlier episode but if she can hug that, I am sure she will be fine with Young Gu.

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@outofthisworld hadn't noticed the robot toy with fairy lights either. Then she definitely deserves a robot boyfriend. I'd rather her become a robot than Young Gu becoming human - must be my Scorpio nature coming out.

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Hahaha. That would have been hilarious and infinitely more preferable @linda-palapala.

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@outofthisworld @linda-palapala
When he was sent to Wang Joon's house for his safety Young Gu prepared that robot toy for Da Da to take his place and keep her company. That's why she was hugging him in his stead.

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@moonbean I started re watching from the beginning and didn't realize how much I missed the first time from ff too much. I'm changing my mind about some things and some things seem more clear. I can potentially see her with the robot since she deals with plastic humans anyway.
Mainly re watching to see whether or not I think she really has gotten over Wang Joon, because right now I don't buy it. Though from the first few seconds of episode one she's talking about whether or not meeting the robot was coincidence or fate. Usually that kind of statement means fate.

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@linda-palapala @moonbean

Thanks! Obviously I have been FF too much.

Do you see why I don't want Wang Joon and Da Da back together anymore? Fate or destiny, Da Da and Young Gu belongs to each other. If I am the writer, I would write Wang Joon out to live his own life and a new love. I'd make Zero Ten a female. Diana's previous robot was female, wasn't it? Then Zero Nine meets Zero Ten and falls in love with it. After all, being human is what makes the premise of robot love real, isn't it?

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@outofthisworld But have you noticed Wang Joon's best friend and confidant is his assistant/driver/all around helper? Maybe he should like her.

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Yes, I did. I'd love for the drama to go there but it won't happen in a kdrama. I was pissed that she likes Bo Won, why did they even go there? She can do much better.

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Watching this drama once is a chore for me, can't imagine rewatching. I hope you are enjoying or I wish you patience.
Regarding fate in kdramas it's just deux es machina by another name for me so if it doesn't make sense narratively it won't make me accept it any easier.

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The whole Bo Won love triangle is ridiculous. He accidentally kisses a girl who doesn't even notice him as a man but he gets infatuated with; another girl accidentally kisses him and gets infatuated but he is disgusted by her. This storyline can go nowhere good and there are enough weaknesses in the drama before adding this.

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In the last episode I just kept thinking, does the robot really know what “sleep together” means? What if he doesn’t? What if the movies he’s seen didn’t give him the details? Omg, that would really suck for Dada. Poor girl being lead down a horny dead end😂

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@moonbean Fate doesn't always have to be deux ex machina, it all depends on how it's handled in the drama and whether or not it seems forced. I don't mind fate usually.
Er, actually I'm mostly first watching since I was only watching the ends of each pair of episodes...so I feel kinda guilty even commenting about something I've not really seen too much of. This watch I'm trying to figure out what's the point of the drama, is there any moral to the story or lesson to be learned? I can't think of any, especially if she ends up with the robot. That would be like, so what's the point? Is there going to be a season 2 that takes place 20 years later when he still looks the same?
Or maybe as @outofthisworld suggests she ends up with nobody but learns to love herself first, then finds someone. This curiosity is the only reason I'm still in there.
Otherwise, I'm reading Liu Cinxi's Three Body Problem, which won the Hugo for best sf novel. One of his other stories was made in to the Netflix movie The Wandering Earth. Heard of it?

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@sph I laughed so hard. Horny dead end! Bwaaaaaaaaah!!!!

I would totally watch that show. I don't care about the cheesy romance, it was like watching two pre-schoolers. If they wanted a robot romance, they should go all out and deal with these issues. Besides being provoking, it can be humorous too.

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I haven't seen the Taiwanese version but I did watch the Japanese one.

Here is my db post from the first and final scenes.

First
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/leetennant/activity/519313/

Last
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/leetennant/activity/534457/

I don't know if this constitutes a spoiler since the Korean one is dealing with a lot of plot points differently to the Japanese one but click through at your own risk.

All I can say is - I doubt this ends with a happy romance between her and the robot

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@geliguolu
Da Da is wondering herself whether he knows what he is talking about LOL. And I don't think Bo Won showed him anything steamy. Despite all jokes of him being a sexbot we don't even know whether he has the necessary parts. Talk about a horny dead end!!!

@linda-palapala
No I haven't heard of Liu Cinxi's Three Body Problem but I will heck it out. Is it good?
Regarding fate, yes sometimes it works but as at least for me nothing in this drama seems to work. @outofthisworld That's why we have no idea what message they are trying to give. I won't be surprised if we don't know any better at the end of episode 20.

@leetennant
Though I don't expect this drama to follow the storylines of any of the earlier versions I purposefully kept myself spoilerfree, so I will check your posts our after this show's end.

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Preach! sister. I had my eyes rolling the whole time the horrible secretary made her speech about her motivations. She has a twisted view of justice. She thinks she can do things her way and justifies her actions by "helping" other people. There's no way I can see the driver as pitiful because he literally pushed Min Ik off that bridge. And how many times did he steal and even go as far as hurt Galhee's brother? Ridiculous.
As for Dae Ju, I'm also sad that they didn't give him a deeper story. Aside from his loyalty to Min Ik being his best friend, we know nothing of his past. Maybe it all happened too fast? Or maybe they put so much scenes of VP trying to get into his pants rather than scenes of his decent backstory. Lol.

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I'm with you, Moonbean, there is no excuse for the secretaries to enlist the chauffeur to stab Min Ik and participate in his damaging fall, nor to stab the blind brother in an effort to steal back incriminating evidence. It seemed like the writers had suddenly gotten amnesia and had forgotten the harm that had been done by this group. Sorry but I'm not buying their excuses for their bad criminal behavior. Maybe the stolen art work is acceptable, but definitely not the physical and emotional harm that this group has done, especially when it was done to innocent (or nearly innocent) people.

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Bad internet connection stopped me from watching Angel's Last Mission and Different Dreams new episodes.

Nokdu Flower: ep 33-34. I never know what to say because good sageuks always leave me speechless. Yoon Si Yoon must have found his best role so far. I'm so happy to see Yi Hyun's mother and Yoo Wol getting great character development.

One Spring Night: Real conflicts will start from now on so JI and JH will need all the support they can gather.

Save Me 2: Pastor Sung!!! That disgusting guy deceived everyone included me. Thinking of his first appearance and his popularity in the choir, it's not surprising that he was previously involved with a young woman. I just didn't expect a high school girl! All of his BS about God forgiving him makes me sick. Meanwhile Min Cheol is gaining my empathy when he confronted Pastor Sung (such a GREAT scene) and when Mi Sun was already dead but he was speechless seeing Chil Sung's behavior. My heart hurt so much for them.

Search: WWW: I'm on episode 5. Is it me or do people stand too far from each other even by Kdrama standard? How do actors hear each other? The real-time ranking system is the most interesting part. I never cared about what was trending on web portal or twitter so it's nice to see how it works internally. In her 13 years of career in Unicon, Tae Mi must've faced a case similar to the actor's minus her being ranked n°1. So how did she deal with it until now? Now about her love line, I'm not against romance but something is off with Morgan's lines. I'm not sure if it's him or Jang Ki Young who makes it hard for me to enjoy the romance.

Perfume: When the focus shifts to Seo Yi Do's interactions with characters from his past, my attention is at the lowest. In contrary, Min Ye Rin/Jae Hee is always interesting to me, especially with Jin Kyung. I'd like it more if the plot was solely focused on her gaining her confidence back, having a better relationship with her daughter and taking revenge on her husband. Ji Na and Min Seok bring more unneeded complications and add misunderstantings. I hoped for more laidback second leads. The jealous child-actress-turned-model won't make things easier. For the time being, I'm not attached to Seo Yi Do as a character, he's more of a comic relief than someone I truly care about. I can't even understand he and Ye Rin already love each other. Angst will be hard to go through and we're only on the third week.

The Secret Life of My Secretary: I don't care about MI and GH anymore (you're still cute sorry!) because my new favorite parts in this drama are the fish and Veronica Park. Did the writer make Gi Dae Ju that bland because everything aroud him is so extra? From his mother to his girlfriend, he doesn't need anything more LOL I don't know if the fish plot is a brilliant idea or a weird thing that kind of works.

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He had a supporting role in Misty (most scenes with Jin Ki Joo haha) and he didn't appear totally blend to me. Then again, he's a rookie and his character on paper isn't that interesting. He might get better or stay bland in later works.

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Maybe both. The character really isn't well developed in paper. An actor can only do as much as he's given esp. if he's a rookie. Even VP got less interesting after they made up. Lol. But at least she did smth for Galhee and fam. Liked her more for it.

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In contrast, Kim Jae Kyung is a good example of making Veronica Park likable when she could quickly be annoying.

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@mango yes! I'm surprised I haven't seen JK in any of her past projects but she rocked this character! From fashion to body language, she made VP into the most interesting character in this drama. Lol. Maybe Galhee's impersonation of her even pushed this character to the limelight.

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@audrey11 She did great as Jang Hyuk's ex cop partner in Bad Papa in her previous drama. She was Tae Joo's aunt in Life on Mars LOL

About her acting partners, it seems like she knows how to deal with them now because she already worked with really good actors and below average co-actors.

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"She did great as Jang Hyuk's ex cop partner in Bad Papa in her previous drama."

- This was already on my list, so I may have to check it out now!

I've also felt that Gi Dae Ju is pretty bland, both the acting and the writing. It feels like she does all the work in their scenes but, well, I'm happy as long as she's happy. Still, somehow I keep finding myself wondering how great it could have been if she'd met someone like Jang Hyuk's character from Wok of Love...

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@chandler They don't work that much together because JH's changes career but she holds her own. Her new partner was a rookie actor I think.

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I really like your poetic analogy here, Kafiyah Bello. Although, I think part of his character is seeming "bland" as a boyfriend is supposed to be there because Veronica is used to a totally different type of man and because Gi Dae Ju is so different from that, she is drawn to him. She hasn't known anything like that before. And I think that part of his blandness in being a friend to Min Ik is because he knows how sensitive Min Ik is and loves him and tries to protect him by keeping the anxiety down and mellowing out Min Ik's emotional roller coaster. But, I could just be imagining that and he might just be a boring actor. :-)

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He is like drinking slightly salted water, you taste it, it's kind of weird but not enough to stop drinking.

OMFG. This is so great! I've added to my metaphor toolkit.

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Search: WWW: I'm on episode 5. Is it me or do people stand too far from each other even by Kdrama standard? How do actors hear each other?

This is a very small detail that bothered me so much (I blame the director for this). And I have to agree that as much as I like Jang Ki-young, his delivery is not the best here even when he has good lines.

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Idk why but I feel the same. JKY's manner of deliver didn't change from his last drama Kill It. Lol. I still get the killer vibes from him for being so mysterious. But it's a minor complaint for me because I'm totally sold on their romance. I can feel the heat everytime they get close. And the stares! I feel them stares boring through my bones. Lol.

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All all the dialog were really great but the delivery was like reading lines from a book.
It felt like JKY was extremely uncomfortable in ep 5. The end of ep 6 was way better, till the director ruined it with his absurd camera techniques!

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Yeah. At first I liked the director's choice of lighting and dreamy feel but it gets overused. It's starting to bother me. Like everytime they have a moment, the director messes it up by pushing the viewers as if saying "look! We're expecting something here. Look, they're falling for each other in this scene." I hope it gets toned down a bit.

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I agree. I do like both the romance and Jang Ki-young but his delivery is rather robotic, same tone, same expressions. I agree with @oppafangirl that it’s like he’s reading lines from a book. I thought he was a bit better in the last scene in Episode 6 so maybe the PD’s choice to have them stand so far apart in most of their scenes is contributing to it.

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Save me 2 has become a roller coaster of emotions!
I feel like Pastor Sung is on his way to repeat the same scenario with Youn Sun: her violent brother justified that he took care of her but we know where she ended because of her faith in the church. I'm afraid she's too fragile to not consider suicide if he learns what happened to her.
And of course he will blame Min Cheol for her death.

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NOKDU FLOWER (Ep. 15): I’m almost caught up and already dreading the wait for new episodes. It’s so good! Yoon Shi Yoon is giving a grand performance, restrained yet nuanced and at times perfectly chilling.

FATHER IS STRANGE (Ep. 31): mainly watching for the actor-manager couple.

On hold:
THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY
JOSEON SURVIVAL

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I totally agree with you about Yoon Shi-yoon's performance in NOKDU FLOWER
My kdrama low point of the week was watching Yi-hyun (YSY) cut that beautiful hair of his in NF.
(I am assuming it was his actual hair but then again.)

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I’ve seen Yoon Shi Yoon in a another dramas and I know he’s a good actor but he is just blowing me away with his performance in Nokdu Flower. I often replay his scenes just to watch his acting, his “Ogre” scenes in particular.

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Indeed @giegie. In the commissioning/naming ceremony Yi-hyun chose for his name “Oni”.
I haven’t been able to find either a Japanese or Korean translation. Is it Ogre?

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Oh no, I haven’t seen this yet! (But I kind of expected it). “Oni” refers to a demon or ogre in Japanese folklore (according to Wikipedia), so I think you’re right.

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Thanks. Apologies for the spoilers! Mea culpa!

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No worries @marcusnyc20! I've just watched it. It is interesting that Yi-hyun chose the name of Oni, rejecting his Joseon identity AND his humanity by calling himself an evil demon. This is significant in an episode where other characters acquired names to signify they are humans: the butcher's sons (named after the SIX FLYING DRAGONS kings ROFL).

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The visit to the “Namer” was a nice light hearted interlude with a funny cameo by Lee Joon-hyuk (1972) not (1984!)
Also I was pleased with myself that I have slowly picked up enough history that I got the joke.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo,

I suspected that Yi-hyun would pick the Japanese translation of ogre. I tested the hypothesis with Google Translate by having it translate ogre from English to Japanese ---> "oni." Bingo! That's how I got around inputting Korean and Japanese characters. ;-)

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Hi @pakalanapikake. Thanks.
How have you been? I noticed you had slowed down a little bit recently. I hope only for a breather.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo June 25, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Thanks for asking. <3 I've been a bit under the weather, so I haven't been writing much. But now I’ve been inspired. See belated posts in What We’re Watching #162 [29 June 2019]. ;-)

BTW: How was your trip to the Balkans?

Laters, Kiddo. ;-)

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Reminding kdrama fans again and beanies : PLZ watch Search www . Intelligent bad ass woman , character growth , storytelling and the cinematography is a bit much cinematic sometimes but they are almost nailing everything else. Its high paced with intelligent sharp dialogues. One of the rare dramas where you are rooting for the growing Sismance (bromamce) between two characters (Scarlet and Bae tami) coz u knw when they get together they are a force to be reckoned with and also hilarity ensues. The antagonist female character is also not a straightforward baddie, she is morally grey and u knw she has been forced into this. You feel for her. Tbh i look forward to the camaraderie b/w the female lead and their colleagues and the work aspect of the show than Romance. But the romance is also swoon worthy, and it doesnt feel out of place. Its like something to cool your nerves down after some high paced action which any movie or show needs.
Anywho watch SEARCH WWW. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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totally agree!! i'm enjoying it so much :) check out my blogpost about the Search: WWW world and what makes it unique in terms of locations and cinematography - https://koreandramaland.com/search-www-kdrama-unique-filming-locations/

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Mich, this is so interesting! These directors sure do love that "open center". The lighting isn't bothering me, maybe because I'm also watching Arthdal which is so dark that it's positively Stygian. Talk about a show where you literally can't see the scenes 🤦🏻‍♀️

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oh dear! that sounds a little strange >.< but yes! i quite like the use of the 'open center'; it says so much with so little in between.

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@bbstl,
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Are you watching Arthdal? Cool!

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Great post, @michh. WWW world wasn't on my radar but the visuals—in addition to all the praise—intrigue me.

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thank you! i hope you give it a chance :)

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Hey, @tsutsuloo just piping in here to say WWW is the only Kdrama I'm watching as well. I think you'll like it. I've been riveted during every episode so far.

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Thanks for that. Loved reading your intresting observations. They are going out of their ways to make this series and its working. From the characters to dialogues to storytelling to the cinematography, everything seems to have their unique signature on them. Like u will know in a glance which series u r watching. I love this sort of effort. It might be little things but a lot hard work goes behind it and it adds a lot to the veiwing experience. Looking forward to see what else they have in store for us

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indeed! thanks for sharing and glad you liked the blogpost :) i'm looking forward to the new episodes too!

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Second this! First thought during ep 1: "Wow this passes the Bechdel test!"

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<3

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Thanks for this! I had been wondering why Search WWW wasn't popular on the dramabean's WWW (Lol). It is a true GEM! I love both parts: the office/work politics and the romance. Beanies, please watch it!

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The Secret Life of my Secretary: There is absolutely no reason why a sane seasoned drama watched would watch it. BUT, there is something about the two leads that draws you in. Tropes are everywhere - front, right and centre and it even has a ‘fish cult’. Yes that wasn’t a typo. They have a fish cult. But the leads are dripping in cute. Plus it has Veronica Park, who I believe may be the best character ever written.

Angels Last Mission: like I wrote on my wall the other day, the only thing I understand here is SHS. I never thought she was capable of such high caliber acting. Her performance as a hurt, rich, icy chaebol ballerina is outstanding beyond anything. I care about her and I want her to happy. I, however don’t care about the rest of the drama. Sorry...

Empress Ki: started this oldie yet still a goodie on a whim on Netflix. I am a fan of strong woman leads and HJY has never been anything short of badass. I have just watched ep 1 and I can’t wait to watch her badassery in the rest.

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Empress Ki: I really liked-hated the women. I even grew attached to one of the antagonist. Enjoy :D

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Ohhh!! Let’s see how I feel about it! Can’t wait!

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I agree so much on Veronica Park, and I need that character to have her own drama.

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I'm planing to pick up Secret life soon and devote my fan wall to a fish watch. Like, I'm legitimately just going to watch for the fish.

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It is a very very expensive fish so make sure you are prepared accordingly.

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To echo @RenOlshi, be prepared but not too prepared because the fish is worth less than originally thought.

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Also, the fish doesn't seem to have a very strong heart so your watching for the fish might not last so long...
But hey, then you get moss balls!

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Is it sad that I've read quite a bit now about moss balls (marimo)?

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You are not the only one 😄

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They are real?
*off to google them*

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@coffeprince4eva RenOlshi, @kafiyah-bello, @leetennant ChinguMode, @stpauligurl, @ndlessjoie mugyuljoie,

Did anyone else notice that after the arowana fish croaked, the aquarium, which had been totally bare, suddenly had big chunks of coral in it? No wonder the middle moss ball got sick -- they are fresh water algae. Either that, or the marine coral is dead as a doornail.

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I've found it best to avoid worrying about any details in this one. I've read conflicting information about moss balls, but I did feel uncomfortable seeing the quarantined ball in a closed container. I don't think that will work for them.

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I actually thought there was morr than one fish, so was surprised when the tank was empty after the arowana was gone. I didn't notice anything else, except the magical moss balls.

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@kafiyah-bello June 25, 2019 at 5:00 AM

I didn't know what an arowana is, so looked it up. They are carnivorous and solitary (don't live in schools), and they need a tank that holds at least 150 gallons, but 2-3 times that is better. Sounds like an expensive proposition to keep them.

The moss balls occur naturally in cold freshwater lakes whose waters are stirred up by wind, which is what gives the moss balls their spherical shape. They're like aquatic tumbleweeds. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake, that is good to know. Thanks for googling.

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This week, I should have been working, but my brain just refuses, so spend all of it on nitpicking shows and thinking about them in details:
One Spring night
My fav show this year, so meaningful and deep. I can spend hours about all things I feel when I watch this show. I have to pause in between because I forget to breath.
This week I was wondering about grandparents raising grand children. And what is to fall in love with a person who already has a child. I admit that I don't have yet any coherent thoughts about it but you are welcome to share yours. But please no judgement.

Search: WWW Thank @greenfields for telling me not to give up on this show. EP 3/4 were absurd and did not go well with me but I looooooveeed ep5 and 6.
The egg throwing scene was what I wanted to happen in Her Private Life but they just contorted it there. Thankfully, this show did it right and I am proud of it.
The last scene was amazing in ep 5, that was very a well done answer.
Ep 6 was beautiful (um other than my problem with the cinematography), finally the dialog were great and made complete sense and my boy JKY found his acting skills back.
Tammy must be one of the finest written heroine, she had the best one liners and I want to adopt Scarlett.

Then I started the old show
Secret Love affair Ep 3, @sincerelytod, I was furious that they edited you out or was it your poor unknown cousin, the white car. Is it growing up fine?
The music was amazing (says a person who never understands classical music) but I though the feelings must be like doing mathematics and I totally understood how they feel. Then I wanted him to become a great piano player and her to teach him how, and he fell for her and I felt that he was cheating on music. I was like noooooo, music, focus on music but alas.
Who can stop a heart, like I am typing this comment than doing maths... (off to maths... I need to work TT).
I get you boy, too well, I am too scared.

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Yesss, to the egg throwing scene. So bloody freaking satisfying.

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